Rio Hondo Preparatory School is a coed independent college preparatory school located in Arcadia, California. We seek to provide a college prep program for students and to train Christian leaders. The student body consists of approximately 180 students in grades seven through twelve and was founded in 1964.

The school has a strong Christian tradition, emphasizing character development and service to others. Students have the opportunity to participate in athletics, serve in their community and enjoy an action-packed student life.

The curriculum at Rio Hondo Prep is designed to ensure that each student receives a foundation based on a mastery of core courses, enhanced by additional course work and hands-on learning experiences. The curricular program is designed around graduation requirements based on the California university a-g standards.


We are the Rio Hondo Prep “Kares”. This is a unique nickname, not only because of its creative spelling but because a Kare is more than a mascot; it is a way of life. Rio Hondo students are expected to represent “Kare” not only on the field or court, but in everyday life. They Kare about their relationship with their Creator. They Kare for others, putting their own interests aside and learning to serve. They also demonstrate Kare in the classroom which encourages them to excel in academics, creating a Karing environment on campus and a place where the younger students are encouraged and supported. At RHP we don’t have a picture or a costumed mascot to represent us, we just have our students. They are the “Kares.”


The RHP experience is filled with rigorous academic challenges, intense athletic competition and a broad spectrum of student life activities that every family wants for their children. We encourage multi-sport athletes and expect each student to participate on either an athletic, academic or fine arts team during their afterschool hours. RHP also offers students the unique experience of becoming mentors to elementary school aged children in our after-school program, Kare Youth League. Building on the team concept, RHP has adopted a House system throughout the entire student body to help inspire school spirit, build character, grow the Kare community and build bonds of friendships that will last a lifetime.


RHP students travel together on unique summer tours and class trips, gaining first hand experience in history, government, science and fine arts. Over the years, our tours have explored every state in the nation, from the Hawaiian islands, to the inner passage of Alaska, to the majesty of Yellowstone, the Great Lakes, and more! Our students have seen the northern lights in Canada and served on outreach missions in Mexico. Our choirs have performed in the White House and our athletic teams have played teams from across the country. Many of our students have also travelled through Europe, experiencing diverse cultures and growing in their appreciation for our nation and the fabric of our society.

Rio Hondo Prep Students experience a wide array of activities both in and out of the classroom.

2024 KYL/RHP Football Clinic
During college week the sophomores visited APU, UCLA, Cal Tech, Mt. Sac and Fullerton 📚
RHP Baccalaureate honoring the senior class - Guest speaker Jonathan Franklin 🎓
Probability Penny Fair 🎪
8th grade sheep brain dissection🐑🧠
7th graders analyzing the frequencies of musical notes with a variety of instruments using vernier microphones 🎺🎤🎷
8th Grade cow eye dissection 🐮👀
RHP's three spring sports teams made it to the playoffs this year! Varsity Baseball, Volleyball, and Softball had great seasons - These RHP athletes worked hard and we are so proud of them🏐🥎⚾️
Come to RHP tomorrow and pack the stands in support of our three varsity teams in playoffs! All games are home! ⚾️🥎🏐
7th Graders at Medieval Times ⚔️
Varsity Boys Volleyball Playoff Game tonight at 6:45pm! The game is at Jane Addams Middle School - link to buy tickets is on the RHP Facebook page! 🏐
Sophomores at The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens 📚🌷
8th graders at Western University - Students got to learn how to suture in surgery, be a physical therapist, and use a digital dissection table 🩺
Middle School field trip to the Getty Villa
RHP students watching the solar eclipse🌕☀️🌒
The RHP Alumni Baseball game is April 27th at 6:00pm! Spots are limited so sign-up today at ⚾️
Calling all Alumnae! The RHP Alumnae Softball game will be April 27th at 5:00pm! If you would like to participate please contact Kristy Horton 🥎
Two seniors were honored with a National Football Foundation Student Athlete Scholarship - to earn this scholarship students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA, be a members of their school's varsity football team for the duration of their senior year, exhibit outstanding football achievement on the field, and exhibit service and leadership on and off campus. Congratulations to these outstanding student athletes!
RHP’s Physics class was busy Saturday at this year’s SeaPerch competition. Team Roboshark brought home a 1st place in the Mission Course, a first for RHP teams! Team  Mantabot secured a 3rd place in the Technical Design Report competition and Roboshark brought home 3rd place in the overall competition. Both teams also scored faster times on the obstacle course than any other RHP team, with times of 59 and 89 seconds! Thanks to all the faithful RHP fans who came out to support our students! #SeaPerch2024 #SeaPerch
Varsity Boys Volleyball Bronze Division winners at the Monrovia Invitational Tournament🏐
Opening Night is a week away! You’ll be a “Poor Unfortunate Soul” if you let this opportunity pass you by!🦀 Make sure to buy your tickets at
Tickets are now available online for RHP’s production of “The Little Mermaid”. Reserve your seats today!

Performances: February 29, March 1, and March 2 at 7:30pm.
What a season! The Varsity girls basketball team may have lost the playoffs, but they gave us so many memorable moments and thrilling games. Thank you for your hard work and dedication this season! 🏀
The Rio Hondo Prep drama department proudly presents "The Little Mermaid"!
Performances: February 29th, March 1st, and March 2nd at 7:30pm. Tickets will be available online beginning February 13th. We hope to see you all there!
Sewer Science 🧪
RHP Alumnae Basketball Game 🏀
Friday, February 2nd @ 6:00pm
Varsity Girls vs. Alumnae

Message us or contact Mrs. Kristy Horton if you would like to play!
The City of Arcadia honored the 2023 Rio Hondo Prep Kares for their Division 9 CIF-SS Football Championship at the City Council Meeting
7th Grade West African Drum Project
Frog Dissections 🐸
RHP Christmas Show 🎄
The link to watch tonight’s game is in our bio:
Egg Osmosis Lab 🥚
The Varsity Boys football team is traveling to Tulare to battle Mission Oak in the State Playoffs! Buy your tickets now to come and support RHP! 
Link is on Facebook 🏈
2023 CIF Division 9 Football Champs 🏈🏆 RHP’s 15th Football Championship!
RHP vs. Santa Monica High School @ 7pm Away - COME AND SUPPORT!!! 🏈
Congratulations to our JH Mock Trial team for advancing to the quarterfinals!
White Out! Come and support the RHP Varsity football team for their second-round playoff game this Friday night by wearing WHITE! GO KARES!
Physics Catapult Construction🛠
Chemistry's famous scientist graveyard 🧪
Friday Neon Lights! Come and support the RHP Varsity football team for their first-round playoff game tomorrow by wearing NEON! GO KARES!
Sheep Heart Dissection ❤️
7th grade slime science! 🧪
Highlights from the High School Science Camps ⛰
Don't miss the RHP Alumnae Volleyball Tournament this Saturday! Come and support! 🏐
RHP 2023 Homecoming Court 👑
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