International Students

There are a few things you should know before you consider applying to Rio Hondo Preparatory School as an International Student.

There is very limited space for International Students for the coming school year. Students who need housing are placed in American homes.

  • We are accepting applications for grades 7 through 9 only.
  • All applications must be received no later than April 1.
  • Students learning English will receive one hour of ESL per day and be fully immersed in regular classes for the rest of the day.
  • Students in grades 7 through 9 will be placed in ESL as necessary, but not more than one hour per day.
  • We will require an interview with the student or a parent. Agents who are placing students need to be aware of this.
  • Notifications as to acceptance will be mailed during the 2nd week of May.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required to reserve a seat.
  • I-20’s will only be issued after the application process has been completed and the student has been officially accepted into the school.

Rio Hondo Prep is a small school where everyone knows each other, where each student is important and receives a lot of individual attention. The school has strong Christian traditions and values, and teamwork is key to bringing out the best in every student. Students must strive to be considerate and cooperative with their fellow students, teachers and leaders, and they must be obedient to authority.

Who is Rio Hondo Prep For?

Rio Hondo Prep is for students:

  • Who are welcoming and who will take the initiative to make friends with all of their classmates
  • Who will actively engage in the sports, arts, camping and travel activities offered by the school (which includes going on a 3 to 6 week summer trip with the school every two years)
  • Who will respect and embrace the Christian traditions and values of the school
  • Who can commit to following the RHP Honor Code and to participating in all school activities in a cooperative manner

If you would like to apply to Rio Hondo Preparatory School you may call the school office between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. at 626-444-9531 ext 113 and schedule an appointment. If you call when the office is closed you may leave a message. Please state that you are inquiring about an international application and have read the information on the web site. Leave your name, phone number and times you may be reached.

Location of School

Rio Hondo Prep is located on five acres in an urban setting 15 miles outside of Los Angeles California.
The address is 5150 Farna Ave. P.O. Box 662080, Arcadia CA 91006-2080


Middle School: 7th through 8th

High School: 9th through 12th.

Class Size

15 to 25 students per class. The faculty/student ratio is 1:11


Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges


A college preparatory school that prepares all of its graduates to meet most college admission requirements including the University of California system. Many students take Advanced Placement Examinations and on-line courses are offered for college credit.


International students are placed in regular classrooms with other college prep students as soon as possible. ESL (English as a second language) classes are offered as needed, but students who are weak in English will need to sign up for an English tutorial program in order to pass their courses and graduate in four years. International students will need to meet the same graduation requirements as other students.

College Placement

Special counseling is offered to international students to help them meet the entrance requirements for the college of their choice and to assist them through the application process.

Graduation Requirements

  • English – 4 years
  • History – 3 years and summer tours
  • Science – 3 years with labs
  • Math 2-3 years including Advanced Algebra and Geometry
  • Foreign Language – 2 years (native language may count).


Interscholastic football, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball and track. All students participate in the sports program.


Students who do not have a relative to live with are housed in American homes where they can truly interact with other students and gain from cultural experiences. Communication skills in the English language are gained more quickly in this environment as well. Students who live with a host family must commit to follow the house rules and participate as a family member in family activities, such as going to church on Sundays, keeping their living area clean and neat, and doing their share of house chores.

Tuition And Boarding

Tuition and Boarding prices will be faxed, mailed or e-mailed upon request. The e-mail address is


Students are helped through the shock of entering a new culture by living in a real home instead of a dormitory, by attending small classes where it is easier to make friends and by participating in many social activities provided by the school.

Summer Tours

Three to six week tours of the United States or Europe are offered during the summer and participation on the trip is required for graduation.


I-20’s are issued after a student has been accepted into Rio Hondo Prep.