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Work Program

Student labor at Rio Lindo Adventist Academy is an integral part of the total school program. Students are not obligated to work but are encouraged. It helps to defray tuition costs and also helps to teach responsibility, self-reliance, work ethic, as well as self-satisfaction.


Rio has many job opportunities. The goal is to place a student in a work area he/she would enjoy and one that would provide them with hands-on experience for a future employment opportunity. There are 28 work areas on campus.  A few of the available job departments are the cafeteria, dormitories, grounds, administrative offices, library, music department, gymnasium, and the registrar’s office.


Job placement is decided based on age, ability, availability, and experience.  Each student worker is paid the California minimum wage.  A student’s work schedule will depend on his/her class schedule and their financial needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do international students go during home leaves?

Throughout the school year, there are occasional short breaks called home leaves in addition to Christmas and Spring Break. These breaks occur about every six weeks and last for 5-6 days. For students who live too far to travel home during these short breaks or don’t have a sponsor nearby, Rio offers an International Home Leave Plan for them, which includes activities and local travel opportunities. There is an additional fee for this service. Please note: The campus is closed and all students must leave during Christmas Break in December and Spring Break in March.

Banking: How do I set up a bank account?

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to take the student to set up bank accounts at the beginning of the school year. Students can open a bank account at local banks in Healdsburg. There is Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and many local banks and credit unions that are familiar with international and boarding student accounts. Parents can transfer money and monitor spending through most banks online. To set up an account, the student needs a government-issued ID (passport), their I-20 form, and cash to deposit. Also, if the student is under 18, a parent/guardian must sign the account application form.

We do not recommend students keep large amounts of cash in their rooms. Please see the dean to lock up cash, passports and valuables for safety purposes.

Cell Phones: How/where can my student get a cell phone?

Verizon, AT&T and other cell phone companies all work on campus. Both Wal-Mart, Verizon and the AT&T store (both located in Windsor, about 15 min away) have flexible deals and phones for students to use. Plan prices can range between $30-$60/month. The best option is to get a pre-paid plan so you don’t have to sign a 3-year contract.

What kind of food is served in the cafeteria?

The cafeteria serves three nutritious meals a day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and two meals (brunch and dinner) provided on Sunday. Based on our vegetarian principles the cafeteria provides a delicious, healthy, well-rounded meal for our students, essential for growing minds. Most food is organic, prepared fresh, and has options for students with special dietary needs, such as gluten-free or vegan.

Religious Services: What kinds of worship services are held at Rio?

Rio is a Christian school and worship is an important part of Rio’s school program. Rio respects all backgrounds and many of the worship services are led by students. Every morning, students attend a school-wide assembly, and in the evenings they have a short worship in the dorms before study hall. On Friday nights, the school holds a worship service and again on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am until noon. All students are required to attend all worship services.

Town Trips/Shopping: How can my student get to town to go shopping?

The school takes a bus to town each month and students can shop at the supermarket, Wal-Mart, or the local mall in Santa Rosa. If a student has an urgent need to buy something, he or she can speak with a faculty member during the week and try to find a ride into town that way. There is no public transportation from the campus to town. Students can receive packages from Amazon and order food from food delivery services such as UberEats and GrubHub.

School schedule: How does the class schedule work?

Rio has a block schedule, which means students will not have every class on every day. We have a two-day rotation cycle, called “A Day” and “B Day”. Students attend their “A Day” classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, and their “B Day” classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fridays alternate between A and B days. This information is listed on the school calendar.

College and TOEFL testing: Where can my son or daughter take standardized tests?

Rio in an official standardized testing site and regularly administrators the SAT, and ACT tests as well as other annual achievement tests to track student learning. Students can obtain information about TOEFL testing from the ESL teacher or school counselor.

Accident/Medical Insurance: Does Rio provide medical insurance?

Rio does not provide medical insurance for students. The student’s family health or international travel insurance plan is the primary coverage for school activity-related injuries. Students are covered under a 24-hour accident insurance plan which provides secondary coverage, if needed, for school activity-related injuries. If you have not made arrangements for medical coverage for your student, you may want to consider obtaining appropriate coverage. You may visit for examples of the types of coverage for students studying abroad.

Illness: What happens if my child gets sick?

If your child wakes up in the morning and is feeling ill, he/she inform the dean that they don’t feel well. The dean will monitor the illness and contact parents and medical personnel if the illness is severe. While sick in the dorm, students must stay in their rooms and rest. Food will be brought to their room for them. If necessary, deans will take students to a doctors office with parents permission. The closest hospital for emergencies is 12 minutes away by car.

I gained a strong work ethic at Rio

 The faculty showed us how to work hard but still have fun! I learned how to be more responsible and was confident when getting a job out in the real world. I know my work ethic is strong, thanks to Rio’s work program. 

Alumni, Class of '91