Leslie Orsburn

RHP Principal


Dina Loomis

Administrative Assistant


Randall Fullerton

International Student Coordinator


Marsha Johnson

Testing Coordinator


Mark Carson



Kristy Horton


How to Apply
International Students
Financial Aid
School Uniforms
RHP Honor Code
Merit System
Assistant Leadership Program
Schoolwide Learner Outcomes
How to Apply

How to Apply

New applications for the 21–22 school year are now available. Please complete the contact form below for further information and to receive an access code:

Application Process

  1. Contact the Rio Hondo Prep office and attend information meeting or schedule a tour.

  2. Collect Supporting Materials for the Online Application. The following items need to be included with your completed application:
    • copies of report cards for the past two years
    • copy of the most recent standardized test results
    • record of immunizations

    If you do not have your own copies, request your child's previous school to mail them to you immediately. Arrangements can be made with the RHP office for testing if test scores are not available.

  3. Applicants to Rio Hondo Preparatory School complete an online application. The 2021-22 Registration portal is now active!  Please click on the link below to begin the process.


    You will need an access code to complete the forms.  This code will be emailed to continuing students. New applicants  - please contact the RHP Office to receive a code - (626) 444-9531 ext. 146. The $50 application fee can be paid in the RHP or KYL office.

  4. Be sure to include all items since incomplete applications cannot be processed. It takes approximately a month to process a completed application. Applicants will be notified by mail as to the results of the application. Some applicants may be asked to come to the school for an interview before the final decision is made.

Thank you for your patience with the new and improved process.

International Students

International Students


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


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

  1. We are accepting applications for grades 6 through 9 only.

  2. All applications must be received no later than April 1.

  3. Students learning English will receive one hour of ESL per day and be fully immersed in regular classes for the rest of the day

  4. Students in grades 6 trough 9 will be placed in ESL as necessary, but not more than one hour per day.

  5. We will require an interview with the student or a parent. Agents who are placing students need to be aware of this.

  6. Notifications as to acceptance will be mailed during the 2nd week of May.

  7. A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required to reserve a seat.

  8. 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: 6th 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 [email protected]


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.




  1. TUITION AND FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS: Tuition covers most activities and expenses at Rio Hondo Prep. It includes books and the yearly class trip. Tuition does not include the summer tour or sports fees. Tuition prices for the current year will be mailed or faxed to you upon request. The information will include a Tuition Worksheet that gives the details on both the tuition costs for multiple children and the payment plans. If you would like this information you can e-mail Rio Hondo Prep and if you include your name and address we will send it to you.

  2. TUITION DEPOSIT: Upon acceptance, you will be billed according to the payment plan selected. To hold your child’s seat, we ask for a non-refundable deposit within two weeks of acceptance. This deposit will be applied to the school bill when school begins.

  3. BOOK AND BREAKAGE DEPOSIT: There is a refundable book and breakage deposit. This fee is due before school begins each year but is generally carried over from one year to the next. Deductions are made from this deposit for lost books or damages to property. When a student graduates or transfers to another school, refunds will be made when it has been ascertained that all school property has been returned and there are no other outstanding bills.

  4. ADDITIONAL CHILDREN DISCOUNT: Discounts are available for additional children in the family.

  5. TRANSPORTATION: Transportation to school is available from designated stops for a fee. Transportation home from school is available through regular Kare Youth League transportation runs. There is no additional fee for these take homes to members of Kare Youth League. Transportation is paid at the beginning of each semester. In emergencies, students who have not signed up for transportation may go to one of   the existing school stops and ride the bus for $2.00 payable to the bus driver upon boarding.

  6. FINANCIAL AID: Reduced tuition is available to a limited number of students on financial need. Click here to find out more about financial aid.

  7. REFUND POLICY: Tuition is considered due for each semester at the beginning of that semester whether it has been paid in full or not. If a child withdraws prior to the school year’s opening, tuition that has been paid in advance will be refunded minus the non-refundable deposit. Once a student has attended any part of a semester the entire semester tuition is due. If a child withdraws, no refunds will be made and any balance owed will still be due.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Information

Information for Financial Assistance and Merit Scholarships

At Rio Hondo Prep School, our desire is to provide an environment where all children can be successful in developing their God-given talents. We expect our students to excel in academics, the arts, on the athletic field and in their personal development.

Our goal is to provide a high level of personal attention and academic enrichment to middle income families - - something that is usually only offered at schools charging double or triple the amount of the RHP tuition.


We have designed a program of financial assistance along with some merit scholarships to help families provide this opportunity for their children. Our process requires parents to complete a financial aid application online (including submission of tax documents). We use SSS an independent school service to process applications. The link to this site is: The school code is #6039.

Parents create an account and complete the application. This should be completed by April 1 for priority consideration. The service lets the school know how much a family should be able to pay for tuition. At the same time, your child may apply for a merit scholarship through the RHP office. Students complete a paper application and submit it by April 1. Kare Merit scholarships are awarded to students in good standing who have been recommended by their Kare Youth League leader or their teacher (if not a Kare member). Financial need must be demonstrated.


When we receive the results from SSS, a committee will review your report and make an award of financial aid and/or scholarship funds available to you (if you qualify). This is a partial reduction of tuition depending on funds available. Depending on your submission date, we can normally provide your report within 30 days. Applications must be completed with all documents provided in order for us to consider an award. Your contact will be Mrs. Marla Hampton at (626) 444-9531 ext. 121.


As soon as you have reviewed and accepted your financial aid package, you must pay a registration fee of $200 to hold your seat for next year. Once a class is full, a waiting list will be started. To insure that you hold a seat, this fee should be received by May 15.

If you receive assistance, your tuition bill will be reduced and you will decide on a payment plan. We offer annual, trimester and monthly payment plans. All tuition must be paid in full by May. There is a reduction of $200 for all tuition paid in full by February 5. Please refer to the tuition charts for further information. Again, please feel free to contact Mrs. Hampton regarding tuition questions.


RHP Transcripts

Report Cards issued at the end of each quarter for Middle School or semester for High School indicate the grades that will appear on official transcripts. It is important to review these regularly and to bring any mistakes to the attention of the school office before a transcript is requested. When a student transfers, the new school will mail an official request for the student’s records and we will mail them directly to that school. The official transcripts can also be forwarded to designated schools or individuals upon request. Such requests must be made in writing at least five working days prior to the date on which they are to be sent. There is no charge for the first three transcripts issued. There is a $1 charge for each additional transcript, a $10.00 charge for accelerated handling and a $25 charge for next day service.

A ‘Request for Transcripts’ form can be obtained from the school office during school hours or by mailing a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Rio Hondo Prep. We are unable to handle transcript requests over the phone.

Parents of currently enrolled or former pupils have the right to access any and all pupil records related to their children which are maintained by the school. If a parent would like to review their child’s record they are to submit a request in writing to the school office. The records will be made available to the parent within twenty-four hours. Copies will be made upon request and the parent has a right to request a hearing to challenge the content of the record.

School Uniforms


All students wear uniforms selected from the list below. Both middle school and high school are required to have Kare Dress for field trips and special activities. All items listed as uniform are from:

371 West Sixth Street San Pedro, CA 90731

Phone: 310-832-8342



Middle School - uniform khaki long pants, shorts, or skorts and red polo shirt

High School - uniform black long pants or plaid skirt, white oxford, black V-neck sweater with
     uniform tie (for boys)


Tennis shoes or dress shoes -any color and style
Boys -Uniform Khaki Pants/Shorts
Girls-Uniform Khaki Pants/Shorts/Skorts, Plaid Skirt
Uniform polo shirt in Red, White or Black
Uniform white oxford shirt (NOT REQUIRED UNTIL HIGH SCHOOL)
Socks-must wear socks
RHP Sweatshirts, Jackets and PE clothes (available from Sportline only)
Kare Youth League Team Sweatshirts are allowed


Tennis shoes, dress shoes or sandals with backs (for girls only) -any color or style Boys -Uniform Khaki or Black Pants/Shorts
Girls -Uniform Khaki or Black Pants/Shorts/Skorts, Plaid, Grey, Black Skirt
Uniform polo shirt in Red, White, Black & Grey
Uniform V-neck sweater
Uniform white oxford shirt
Socks -must wear socks
RHP Sweatshirts, Jackets and PE clothes (available from Sportline only)
KYL or RHP Team Sweatshirts are allowed


• Clothing is to be neat, clean in appearance and in the appropriate size.
• Excessively trendy hairstyles, color or cut is inappropriate. (Check with leader beforehand if there
     is a question about what is acceptable and see other side for boys haircut policy).

• Sunglasses not permitted during school hours unless a doctor's note is provided
• Pants cannot be worn low on the hips
• Outerwear, such as, jackets and sweatshirts must be purchased from Sportline.
• Uniform polos must be worn under jackets and sweatshirts

All students are required to be responsible in their dress and grooming by avoiding extremes and manifesting self-discipline with regard to regulations. Dress should never distract from or interfere with the learning environment of the school. The following are not acceptable: flip flops, shoes without backs, baggy pants,  jewelry for boys, facial hair and sideburns. Cooperation of parents is essential. The school administration is the final interpreter of the dress code.

RHP Honor Code

RHP Honor Code

Integrity and honor are highly regarded at Rio Hondo Prep and it is the policy to suspend a student one day for breaking the Honor Code.

Rio Hondo Prep students are expected to:

  • Share ideas with fellow classmates but never copy their homework, tests or other assignments.

  • Get help from parents and others but never allow the work to be done for them.

  • Type their own papers or write them out themselves.

  • Avoid plagiarism and give credit where it is due.

  • Be fair and never reveal to another student what will be on a test or quiz.

  • Be honest and never copy or forge a parent’s signature.

  • Uphold the honor and integrity of RHP by not aiding, concealing or condoning dishonesty in other students. (Whenever a student is guilty of cheating, the teacher will collect the students paper, mark a zero for the work and notify the parents immediately.)

  • Keep the rules and spirit of the dress code.

  • Be truthful to all teachers, leaders and administrators.


Cheating is not limited to tests and includes copying other student’s assignments, answers or homework in or out of the classroom. Students who knowlingly permit other students to copy their papers are also guilty of cheating.

Merit System


Demerits are given for misbehavior, for not bringing required assignments, books or uniforms to class, or for not reporting to the office after an absence, etc. A Merit Report with reasons for demerits is available in I -NOW. All students begin the year with 20 merits and are expected to drop no more than 5 merits per quarter to be in good standing (minimum of 15 for Q1, 10 for Q2, 5 for Q3, 0 for Q4). Consequences depend on the severity of demerits and include morning detention (when the student receives 5,8,12,14,16, or 18 demerits per quarter), Any student who receives 10 demerits during a single quarter is placed on Demerit Probation and serves an in school suspension. He/she may be required to attend a special conference with members of the faculty. Students and parents can review all merit activity on I-NOW, and should be careful that this does not occur. Students who get 20 demerits in one quarter or are placed on probation twice during the school year are reviewed to see if they may continue in the school. They will not be considered for continuation until they pass this review. Students who allow their merits to go below zero may automatically be dismissed from the school. Students who receive no more than four demerits all year earn the privilege of attending a special recognition outing at the end of the school year.

Assistant Leadership Program

Assistant Leadership Program

“To Serve the Present Age”

This line from Rio Hondo’s Alma Mater, “A Charge to Keep I Have” exemplifies that the brightest intellectual mind without proper purpose will never fulfill the soul. A life that learns to”Kare”, is the life that finds meaning and joy. Through caring for their community, their team, their country and their future, students develop this concern and leadership skills by assisting younger children in the Kare Youth League program; a privilege that offers students the chance to give of their own time to boys and girls who seek positive role models to follow.

Schoolwide Learner Outcomes

Schoolwide Learner Outcomes (SLOs)

Rio Hondo Prep students should read and think critically by:

  • Analyzing, evaluating and interpreting information.
  • Designing and implementing a plan to solve a problem.
  • Collecting, tabulating, charting and analyzing data.
  • Writing an analytical paper using various resources.
  • Making inferences from what they read.
  • Applying what they have learned from reading
  • Using technology and the library to access and synthesize information into a research paper.
  • Exploring questions about the real world by utilizing the scientific method.
  • Applying algorithms and mathematical concepts in solving problems.


Rio Hondo Prep students should communicate clearly and effectively by:

  • Speaking within and to a group on a specific topic.
  • Using the writing process to create, edit, and evaluate.
  • Presenting a dramatic or oral presentation that demonstrates poise, command of language,  and clear communication.
  • Writing a coherent essay with logical structure, evidence and supporting statements.
  • Describing orally, or in writing, procedures, results, and conclusions.
  • Demonstrate ideas and feelings through visual or performing arts.
  • Using technology to communicate ideas and information.
  • Express views effectively, respectfully and responsibly.


Rio Hondo Prep students should demonstrate personal, moral and social responsibility by:

  • Taking responsibility for their own actions.
  • Being positive, ethical role models for others.
  • Contributing time energy and talents in the community.
  • Demonstrating respect for authority.
  • Being aware of and respecting differences.
  • Taking and carrying out responsibilities.
  • Respecting God and country.
  • Demonstrating fairness, honesty and integrity.
  • Understanding the importance of physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
  • Constructively handling conflict and disagreement.
  • Being a good member on a sport’s team.
  • Actively participating in a musical group.
  • Performing or working backstage in a theatrical performance.
  • Participating in collaborative classroom activities.
  • Participating in classroom discussions or debates.
  • Planning and executing activities for the student-body.


Rio Hondo Prep students should develop skills to be lifelong learners by:

  • Having a plan for the future.
  • Setting priorities and pursuing goals.
  • Being prepared for college
  • Enjoying reading and being literate.
  • Being technologically skilled Applying the past to the present and future.
  • Demonstrating good time-management and study skills.
  • Being good financial managers.
  • Demonstrating an appreciation for the arts.
  • Having a thirst for knowledge.