Redding Adventist Academy
- Private, Adventist
- REDDING, CA
Redding Adventist Academy Reviews
Rating 3.73 out of 5 11 reviews
they prepared me for college but never challenged me
small school means a small budget for upgrading facilities
It's very safe since it is a private school
Chemistry class in 10th grade was helpful in college
My one complaint would be the dress code. It is a church-funded school, and too often the church decided the dress code policies for the school. Some rules I felt unnecessary were the rules stating no jewelry, as well as certain banned clothing, even of said clothing was appropriate. For example, shorts shorter than the bermuda style were almost never allowed, and razor back tank tops were not allowed while other tank tops were. My major praise would be how students are protected. From personal experience, I know how the students are protected from bullying, as well as how well it works and makes students feel safe to be themselves. My other praise would be how much the staff, from teachers to office staff to maintenance staff, genuinely cares about the students well-beings and how involved they are in keeping our lives positive.
The teachers tried their hardest to make sure everyone understood the classes, which was made simpler due to very small classes. AP and honors classes were not offered, however, many classes--especially science classes--we taught out of college level textbooks. The required workload was fairly easy, as students were given the responsibility to know whether they needed to do more or less to understand lessons and such. However, the class variety was not wide at all, with a near minimum of classes required for a college preparatory diploma offered.
The school's athletic facilities included a very nice gymnasium, as well as a student work-out room, a PE-worthy softball diamond, and soccer field. The Physical Education classes were great, teaching students how to play many sports while letting them find an exercise they love and could do their entire lives. The sports program was small but mighty. With only volleyball, cross country, basketball, and track & field, most would assume that RAA wasn't very talented in the athletic area, yet the banners covering the walls from all sports would say otherwise. As the school was very small, most people participated in sports, simply to have enough for a team, but the students who didn't play were fairly dedicated to supporting their fellow classmates on their athletic endeavors.
The school atmosphere was great! It was extremely small, so it was very easy for everyone to know everyone and to grow together like a family--with the ups and downs that come with that environment. As it was a private Christian school, the spiritual atmosphere was very prominent in the staff, classes, and fellow students. Everyone was kind and considerate nearly all the time, and everyone had each others back. The "rumor mill" was virtually nonexistent, and companionship was so easy to find. I would definitely choose this school a second (and third, and fourth, and fifth...) time.