Rio Lindo Adventist Academy was recently ranked as #1 in Sonoma County for Diversity, #2 Overall Private High school in Sonoma County, #4 in California for Diversity, and #7 in the U.S. for diversity in a private high school by the school and community ranking website, Niche.com.
Rio’s student population has no overwhelming majority of students, and up to half of the students come from households who speak more than one language at home. This mix of cultures adds to every student’s educational experience by instilling empathy and a broader worldview.
One way that Rio celebrates its students’ many heritages is through its annual Talent Show during Parent Weekend. Students dress up in their own cultural wardrobe and deliver a welcome message in their family’s native tongue. Some students have to research and call aunties and grandparents to learn the correct vocabulary and pronunciation for the message. A couple of students included American Sign Language this year as well.
When they are finished, the students line up across the stage, smiling proudly at who and what they represent and many in the audience are moved to tears.
Rio’s mission is to reflect Christ, cultivate the relevancy and excitement of learning, and impact the world through education and service. A student body with global roots, students who treat each other with respect and love, gives all of us hope for our future and a glimpse of heaven.