Rio Dell's K-12 schooling needs are handled by the Humboldt County Office of Education. (707) 445-7000.

Rio Dell has two schools within city limits, Eagle Prarie Elementary School and Monument Middle School. Both are administered by the Rio Dell School District. (707) 764-5694.

Rio Dell is within the Fortuna Union High School District. (707) 725-4461.

Rio Dell is also within commuting distance of College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University.