Ms. Christine Facella Superintendent
Welcome to the Riverbank Unified School District. We are a Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through 12 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, Macro and Micro Economics, US History,
World History and Physics. Students are provided the following CTE Pathways: Technology, Culinary Arts, Patient Care, Welding and Building and Construction Trades.
Our core curriculum includes blended learning with all students having access to one-to-one technology. Students in all grades use Chromebook, 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.
During normal times, there are many other exciting things happening at all of our school sites. We encourage parents to attend school events and activities as well as get involved in parent/teacher organizations provided health and safety conditions permit it. 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.
Over the past three school years we have experienced the disruptions in our day to day business of teaching, learning and serving students due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and its impacts. Our school district as a whole has responded positively and successfully, with staff and community working closely together. As we enter the spring semester of 2022, I look forward to the decline of positive cases and the possibility of resuming some of our annual spring events and activities while we continue to employ safety mitigation strategies.