Ms. Christine Facella Superintendent
Welcome to the Riverbank Unified School District. We are a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through 12th grade school district with two elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and one continuation high school. We are also the authorizing board for the Riverbank Language Academy, a dual language dependent charter school. I am honored to serve the students and families in Riverbank, a community that I have been part of since 2005. I started at Rio Altura Elementary as an assistant principal, and then previously served as the high school principal and assistant superintendent prior to taking the position of Superintendent.
Riverbank Unified provides options for families looking to broaden their students’ language abilities. In addition to the Riverbank Language Academy, we also enroll students in the Riverbank Academy of Multilingual Education (RAME), a program housed at California Avenue Elementary and Cardozo Middle School. RAME provides students with a dual language program that also includes Mandarin culture and language. In addition to offering the RAME Program, we have added a world language opportunity at the middle school for students to learn Mandarin as an elective class.
Riverbank High School provides students looking for Advance Placement opportunities many choices. Along with AP offerings in English and Math, we have Advanced Placement courses in Art Studio, Spanish, US Government and Politics, US History,
World History and Physics. Students are provided the following CTE Pathways: Food Service and Hospitality, Building and Construction Trades, AgriScience, Performing Arts, Video Game Design, Design/Visual and Media Arts and Ag Mechanics. This school year for the first time we are also offering an Introduction to Computer Programming course that will be the first class in a progression of courses leading to AP Computer Science in the coming years.
Our core curriculum includes blended learning with all students having access to one-to-one technology. Students in all grades use Chromebooks, with middle and high school students taking them home for academic use. Understanding that not all students have adequate access to internet, we provide internet through wireless internet access points and hotspots for students in need. Our students have certainly had challenges over the past few years due to the pandemic and we are ready to address any learning loss. The District has implemented a Learning Recovery Program at each school site in which student achievement is monitored and needs are addressed. If your student seems to be falling behind, be sure to consult with the teacher.
There are many exciting things happening at all of our school sites for the 2022-2023 school year. As the school year progresses, we will be adding afterschool enrichment and learning opportunities through the Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant for students in elementary grades and those in grade 6 at the middle school. This will be in addition to the current afterschool program services already provided. The high school is also a recipient of a grant for afterschool enrichment that targets College and Career Readiness. Our high school and middle school both have interscholastic sports programs in which students participate in a variety of sports including but not limited to football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball, track and field and cross country running.
We encourage parents to attend school events and activities as well as get involved in parent/teacher organizations, school site council and our District LCAP meetings. Meetings are open to all parents and we provide interpretation for our Spanish speaking community. We look forward to meeting and talking with you.
Lastly, we continue to experience some lasting impact from the pandemic. We continue to focus on a safe and healthy school environment. If your child has symptoms, please do not send them to school. This way we can minimize the spread of further illness throughout our school system.