River View Christian Academy (RVCA) was established in 1993 as a fully accredited, private Christian residential school located in Northern California.
“RVCA has separate programs for both boys and girls…”
The School is designed for struggling teenagers in need of full-time supervision and redirection. We are the only Christian school in California dealing with behavioral issues in teenagers (boys and girls) ages 12 to 17. RVCA has separate programs for both boys and girls, with no interaction between the two.
One of the most important aspects of redirecting a teen who is struggling is for them to be in an environment that is structured with a routine schedule that they can count on.
At RVCA, the students start their day at 8:00 am and have devotions or read a book until breakfast at 8:30 am. At 9:15 am the students start class, which goes until lunchtime at 12:30 pm. After lunch they have class until 2:15 pm, at which time they work on chores and then have PE. After PE the teens have an hour and a half in the dorms. They can spend this time showering, playing games, reading, or doing homework. Dinner starts at 6:00 pm, followed by an evening activity at 7:30 pm. At 8:30 pm the students return to their dorms, at 9:15 pm quiet time starts, and the lights go out at 9:30 pm. This schedule can vary slightly, due to the fact that RVCA has events where guest speakers or past students share with the current students.
This consistent schedule relieves stress for the students and allows them to focus on working through the reasons that brought them to RVCA without the distraction of trying to compensate for the unknown.
One of the reasons for our success at RVCA is the high level of staff and parent involvement. This is not just a job for the staff, it is their passion.
We provide a high staff-to-student ratio.
The staff does not work with the students for an eight hour shift and then go home. Rather, they live with them, tutor them, and take part in all the other student activities. In other words, our staff are dedicated to developing strong relationships with the students.
This constant interaction between the staff and the students allows the staff members to quickly develop a deep relationship with the students. It is because of these close relationships that trust is built very quickly between the students and the staff. The staff can then effectively mentor the students and encourage them to make positive changes.
The amount of parental involvement is another unique aspect of our school. The more involved the parents are, the more the child has a chance to succeed. Parents are asked to attend periodic parent training and support meetings. They also attend a parent support group each time they visit their child at the RVCA campus. The parents’ investment in the program encourages their child to be invested in the program as well.
Teaching Right From Wrong
We maintain a Christian foundation without forcing Christianity on our students.
RVCA serves all families, regardless of religion, beliefs, or background.
We also take the approach of teaching the students to make the right choices on their own rather than telling them or pressuring them to act a certain way. This learned skill will help them in their adult life to make better decisions and own their own choices.
Our desire is to teach the students to take ownership of their own decisions. This encourages a healthy and independent mentality that will stay with the students after they have completed their time at RVCA rather than enabling a dependency on others.
Is a Residential Boarding School Right for Your Child?
Sometimes it is necessary to place your child or teen into a residential school. This is an important step to consider as you want to set your child up for success. It is best to intervene in your child’s life sooner rather than wait and risk your child doing something irreversible.
Many times it is just too difficult for a teen to redirect themselves when they are in the same environment that caused them to struggle.
If they are not doing well in school or having behavioral problems, weight issues, social media addiction, drug or alcohol abuse, it is important to evaluate how severe their situation is and whether or not being at home can work.
Our purpose is to help you find the best option for you and your family. If we cannot help you directly, we will do our best to find you the best possible solution.
We can help give you solid direction and peace of mind so that you can make an informed decision that will maximize your potential for success.