River View Christian Academy Christian boarding school for girls was established in 1993 and is a fully accredited, private Christian residential boarding school. Our school is designed to educate our students in all areas of life to prepare them for their future.
Our boarding school encourages students, ages 13-17, who have struggled academically due to negative influences or behavior. 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.
River View Christian Academy was started by a San Diego police offer who saw the need to help struggling kids where he served on patrol. He turned his life mission into helping teens who were falling through the cracks. They didn’t need the extreme help of a group home or treatment center, but did need more structure and boundaries in their life.
River View is a private boarding school on 45 beautiful acres located near Austin, Texas. Our purpose is to provide a safe, structured, and supportive setting for our teen girl students 13-17 years old.
Created as a safe, structured environment for struggling students, our 45-acre campus (east of Austin, TX) offers teen girls (ages 13-17) their best opportunity to focus on education, avoid negative distractions and improve their thoughts and behavior for good.
At River View, we help struggling teen girls embrace a healthy outlook on life and teach them how to make good personal choices. Rather than telling them or pressuring them to act a certain way, we show students through loving redirection how to make right choices on their own. This learned skill can help them make better decisions as adults and take ownership of their actions and choices now.
When a teen enrolls at River View Christian Academy Christian boarding school for girls, she receives a list of activities and behaviors that have set Boundaries rules/guidelines, plus the reward, and consequence of each one. This allows the teen to know exactly what the school expects of her and see the designated reward for sticking to the rules. Staff members review the list with each teen and assign appropriate rewards or consequences on a regular basis.
River View also helps young girls restore and develop good personal character through biblically based lessons about practicing integrity, self-control, setting boundaries and accepting responsibility. We show them the right path for living a good life.
Staff members live on-campus, eat with students, tutor them, and take part in all the other student activities. This constant interaction allows staff members to build trusting relationships with teens and encourage a student’s learning and progress at River View.
Another unique and important aspect of River View Christian boarding school for girls is parental involvement in the girl’s education. We provide monthly parent conferences, support meetings and training, as well as six months of optional Post Graduate Home Support.
River View is not a residential treatment center, therapeutic boarding school or alternative boarding school. However, we have found that a structured and caring environment can make an enormous difference in correcting behavioral issues among teenagers. We help girls who suffer from the trauma of adoption, victimization or significant loss.
Our research has shown that short-term programs do not provide enough time for teens to break their bad habits and replace them with healthy new ones. At River View, 3 semesters (18 months) is the average length of stay. 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.
River View is an excellent alternative to wilderness programs and boot camps, giving a struggling teen a positive, structured environment that allows them to refocus on their education without distraction and helps them to break negative habits they may have previously developed.
Due to our year-round educational system, students have the opportunity to enroll at any time to get ahead or catch up in school if they are behind. We provide a high staff-to-student ratio with an individualized curriculum and program for each student.
River View has an open enrollment policy, meaning a student can be enrolled at the school even if they are behind in their education. River View also practices rolling enrollment, allowing students to start school at any point of the year. Also, with the year-round system that the school uses, the young student has the continuous opportunity to experience success in their education. Plus, we offer classes on: Life Skills, Business Skills, Self-Value, Leadership Training, Anger Management, Budgeting, and Animal Husbandry.
River View Christian Academy partners with Ignitia, through Alpha Omega Publications. Each student is evaluated upon arrival to assess where they are placed within the curriculum. River View also offers credit recovery to students who transfer behind where they should be in their grade level. This allows students to test out of portions of their classes to get back on track. Every student has their own computer station where they work on their individualized school program. Students only use the computers for schoolwork, with no internet access outside of schoolwork allowed. Available staff help the students with their work and provide them with individual tutoring.
River View is a fully accredited Christian school generally for ages 13 through 17. As of June, 2019 we earned our second accreditation. This accreditation is from the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), an accreditation division of AdvancED, which is now part of Cognia. River View Christian High School (RVCHS) is the name used on the transcripts and is also “doing business as” (DBA) River View Christian Academy (RVCA).
If a student completes their high school diploma while at River View, they can remain in the school by continuing college level correspondence courses. We also offer dual enrollment to Juniors and Seniors with a GPA of 2.7 or higher, allowing them to take college courses for high school and college credit.