Boarding School | River View Christian Academy

River View Christian Academy is a private boarding school located in Northern California with the purpose of providing a safe, structured, and supportive setting for our students.

Many parents who turn to River View Christian Academy are exhausted from their teenager’s rebellion, promiscuity, drug abuse, anger or other self-destructive behaviors that have been brought on by the lack of structure and personal attention provided by public and private day schools.

“Providing a bridge to a new way of thinking and maturity…”

They have tried counseling and have done all the right things as parents, but their child continues to head in a negative direction, causing them to fear for their child’s future.

Many of these issues that parents are concerned about can be alleviated simply by removing the student from the negative environment they are in and enrolling them in a school which provides 24-hour supervision as well as traditional structure and boundaries.

RVCA is licensed as a private residential school under the California Department of Education and is not a residential treatment center, therapeutic boarding school, or alternative boarding school as defined by Community Care Licensing. We are a residential school that can be very helpful for students whose parents desire more support, structure, and boundaries than public or private day schools can provide.

River View Christian Academy was founded in 1993 to help such families from all over the United States by providing a bridge to a new way of thinking and maturity in their teenager.

Over the years our school has proven to help bring strength, healing and structure to teenagers who were previously at risk, and bring peace back to the entire family. Our beautiful campus is located in Northern California and our school is open to any family, regardless of religion, beliefs, or background.

Many families feel that their child is doing well and want them to continue in their positive direction, but are fearful of the negative influences and lack of traditional values they are currently receiving.

RVCA’s primary purpose is education. We do not discriminate against any student who would be qualified for a public school. Our desire is to educate our students in all areas of life to prepare them for their future. We provide elective courses in Anger Management, Boundary Setting, Conflict Resolution, and other life skills to prepare them for a successful adulthood.

If your child is exhibiting any of these behaviors, or you are concerned about the negative influences of other students exhibiting these behaviors, RVCA can help remove these distractions and help your child to re-focus on their education…

  • Are they rebelling against authority?
  • Have their grades suddenly dropped?
  • Do you fear they may be dabbling in drugs or alcohol?
  • Have they neglected good friends in favor of ones you wouldn’t consider to be good influences?
  • Have they withdrawn from healthy activities?
  • Have they radically changed their appearance?
  • Are they spending too much time alone?
  • Are they sleeping excessively, or not enough?
  • Do they have a problem with internet addiction, social media addiction, pornography addiction or video game addiction?
  • Do they demand excessive overnight stays with friends?
  • Have they been running away?
  • Are they obsessive about spending time with their friends?
  • Have valuables gone missing in your home?
  • Do they participate in high risk activities?
  • Do you fear for their safety…for their future?

If these questions have raised concerns for you as a parent, please call 1-800-494-2200 for a free evaluation that will help you determine whether RVCA can be a good fit for your child. If our boarding school is not a good fit for your child, we also provide free referrals to programs or other schools that may better fit your needs.

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Why RVCA Is The Best California Boarding School

We understand that it is extremely concerning for parents to worry about their child going down the wrong path. If you find yourself in this situation, you may not know where you can get help. The safety and future of your teen is of utmost importance, and you must find a way to prevent the negative influences that can cause your child’s bad behavior or poor decision making.

You may have considered professional counseling or enrolling your teen in boot camps or wilderness programs. However, there is another option you may want to consider. Read on and find out the benefits of enrolling your child into River View Christian Academy.

The History Of River View Christian Academy

Teen Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1989. Our original goal was to help families with struggling teenagers, however we have expanded to any family who wishes for their teenager to receive their education in a more structured and traditional environment. Teen Rescue began as a referral service, but seeing parents’ need for more support, we opened our own boarding school in 1993 called River View Christian Academy. Located in Northern California, RVCA is one of the only boarding schools in California that does not discriminate against students who have struggled academically or behaviorally. RVCA is not a residential treatment center, therapeutic boarding school, or alternative boarding school, but have found that a structured and caring environment can make an enormous difference in correcting behavioral issues among teenagers.

Why Send Your Teen To A California Boarding School?

There are many misconceptions about sending your child to a boarding school. However, it pays to learn the benefits of enrolling your child in a boarding school and how it can help transform his or her life. Because the students live on campus all year, you can ensure that all the necessary tools to aid their education are provided by the school. A boarding school serves as an integrated learning environment, allowing students to focus on their studies while also participating in various extracurricular activities. Being a year-round school with enrollment at any time and without traditional long breaks, such as Summer and Spring break, allows students accelerate their education and get ahead or catch up if they are behind.

It is worthy to note that a boarding school also functions as an important social development setting. This helps teenagers learn the value of working as a team. This kind of environment also allows the growth and development of a positive character. What’s more, living away from their parents enables young individuals to be independent and take on responsibilities by themselves. This can prepare them for the real world once they step out of the boarding school.

Why Choose RVCA?

For many years, RVCA has helped thousands of students and parents improve their lives. With a clear mission and vision of keeping teenagers on the right path or bringing them back to it, our school has managed to deliver excellent education and training for the long term development of the students.

With a high staff to student ratio, you can rest assured that your teenager will receive the necessary education and support he or she needs. It is important to note that RVCA separates male and female students, as we believe that this is the best way of eliminating distractions. By having a separate boarding school for boys and girls, the students can better focus on their own self-improvement.

RVCA offers a year-round educational system, which means your teenager has the chance to get ahead or catch up on his or her studies. Another unique aspect of RVCA is the the more comprehensive inclusion of the parents in their child’s education. We feel that it is vital to the student’s success to have the parents more intimately involved in the educational process. Each month, there are parent-teacher conferences. There is also an eight-month Post Graduate Home Support program in which the parents play an active role in ensuring the ongoing positive transformation of their child.

Some short-term programs may help your teenager get back on the right track. In most cases, however, these programs do not provide enough time for the teens to break their bad habits and replace them with healthy new ones. What happens is that your child may return to their old ways upon returning home. At RVCA, 18 months (3 semesters) is the average length of stay. We strongly believe in encouraging our students to excel in their education. As students display positive progress, we provide them with more responsibilities as well as privileges in order to challenge and motivate them to continue progressing.

The leadership levels are given during the final months of the program. This involves the students being interviewed by the staff. Not only does this help prepare them for future job interviews, but this also serves as a way for them to evaluate themselves and whether they are fully prepared to move forward. This form of self-reflection is essential in recognizing the behaviors they need to change and the positive foundation they can keep once they step out of the boarding school.

The ultimate goal of RVCA is to bring students back to their home with the practical life and leadership skills that they need to start anew. If you have a teen that needs help, do not hesitate to call.