High school is so much more than mastering the Pythagorean theorem or analyzing what Shakespeare meant by “To be.” One of the most important things you’ll learn about in high school is yourself. This self-discovery is what transforms you from a child to an adult. Learning about your strengths, your weaknesses, your likes and dislikes. High school also offers you the independence to explore different interests that you might want to pursue in college and beyond. Some may be a dead end while other may lead you to a passion that develops into a career down the road.
So how can you can you take advantage of this four-year journey of self-discovery? Here a couple of ways you can make the most out of high school.
Get involved– High school is so much more than reading, writing and arithmetic. Some of the richest high school experiences come after the final bell. Clubs, sports, theater, student government —they all can teach leadership, teamwork, time management, and responsibility while having fun and meeting new people.
Speak up– Share your opinion in class and outside of it. Sure, it can be scary putting your thoughts and ideas out there but doing so will give you the self-confidence to speak aloud. Others may challenge your opinions. That’s ok. Matter of fact, that’s great. It will expose you to other lines of thinking that can change your opinion or strengthen your own convictions.
Be open to meeting new people– Having a strong group of friends is great but don’t be afraid to meet new people in class, clubs or just in the hallway —especially those that might seem different from you. You never know what you might share in common or, at the very least, you’ll learn to respect the differences in other people.
Ask for help when you need it– High school is a time of immense growth. You come in a child and leave as a young adult. Just as with any other times of growth, there will always be some pains. Whether you’re having trouble with schoolwork, other students, relationships, drugs, alcohol or your just feeling a little lost, there are a number of people around you who can help. Just ask.
High school is an opportunity that comes once in a lifetime. Work hard, have fun and years from now you’ll look back on your high school years with a smile.
Parents new to the district wishing to enroll their student at RCHS may pick up an enrollment packet from the RCHS Registrar or at the Washington Unified School District office at 930 Westacre Road, West Sacramento, CA 95691. Packets must be completely filled out before a student will be enrolled. Course offerings will be subject to availability. Testing may be required for placement.
AP/Honors requires college-level work with many hours of individual reading, writing, and studying, a summer assignment is required, and an AP exam will be given at the end of the year in May. Please read the following information carefully:
1. Parents must fully understand that college-level coursework is not appropriate for most high school students, and may overwhelm those who are not sufficiently prepared for the increased work load.
2. Most Honors and AP courses require a summer assignment. See the instructor for specific assignments and due dates.
3. Weighted grades will only be conferred to students who pass the course with a grade of C or higher.
4. Drops from an Honors or AP class will be made only with the consent of the teacher, counselor, and administration staff. Parents and/or students wishing to withdraw should contact their student’s counselor so that a conference with the Honors/AP teacher for that course can be scheduled. Students will not be dropped after the second week of the term.
5. At the discretion of the instructor and in consultation with administration and counseling staff, a student receiving a grade lower than a C- at the end of the first grading period may be dropped to a college prep course or into an available elective. Students having significant problems with attendance or behavior may also be recommended for removal from the AP/Honors course at the discretion of the instructor.
These are the recommended eligibility criteria for AP/Honors classes. Final admission decisions are at the discretion of the instructor.
3.33 or higher GPA in core classes
B or better in subject area class that precedes the one for which student is applying (Example: If you are applying to AP US History, you must have received a B or better in World History or AP Euro)
90% Attendance (including tardies)
Few if any behavior problems
Though not mandatory, students enrolling in AP will be expected to sign up for the Subject specific AP Exam(s) in May. Please keep in mind that just taking an AP class means little in terms of college applications without a corresponding Pass (score of 3 or higher) on the AP Exam which . Please check individual college websites for score requirement( 3, 4, or 5) to earn college credit as some colleges require a higher score for credits awarded.
COURSE APPLICATION LINKS AND FILES
2/20/19 Update - There will not be an application for Yearbook or Honors English 10 for the 2019-2020 school year. Interested students may sign up as usual.
As personnel, facilities and material resources are assigned based on student’s course selections, it is imperative that students choose courses carefully (including alternates) during spring registration. Changes to student schedules create an impact on many other courses and, therefore, will only be made on a limited basis. If a student changes his/her schedule two weeks into the semester, that student is already behind in learning. Therefore, RCHS administration has established the following schedule change policy to promote academic success for students.
Students will be expected to keep the courses they selected. An exception to this will be made if a student is placed at the wrong level. If a forecast sheet is not received, a counselor will create a schedule for the student based on credits and course needs.
NOTE: IF A STUDENT / PARENT INITIATED SCHEDULE CHANGE IS MADE, THE STUDENT MAY BE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE ALL ASSIGNMENTS FROM THE START OF THE SEMESTER IN THE NEW CLASS. IF A STUDENT CHOOSES NOT TO COMPLETE AN ASSIGNMENT, A ZERO MAY BE ENTERED IN THE GRADEBOOK FOR THAT ASSIGNMENT, THEREFORE NEGATIVELY AFFECTING THE GRADE IN THE NEW CLASS. CLASS DROPS MADE AFTER THE THIRD WEEK OF A NEW TERM RECEIVE AN 'F' GRADE FOR THE DROPPED CLASS ON THE STUDENT'S TRANSCRIPT.
INFORMATION ON SCHEDULE CHANGES - Schedule change requests must be submitted on specified days before the start of term by email only. Student/parent initiated change requests will be processed based on the criteria below and students will be notified of the disposition of their request.
Schedule changes will be made for the following reasons and dependent on availability:
I am missing a class I need to graduate.
I have a duplicate period in the same term.
I am in the wrong level of a class (ex: I am scheduled for Integrated Math 2, but I failed Integrated Math 1).
I am missing a period from my schedule (Please note: Juniors and Seniors with a missing 4th period are on a waiting list for a section of Driver Education).
RCHS is on a 4x4 block schedule. In simple terms, a 4x4 is a schedule where students take eight 10-credit classes; four classes in the fall term and four classes in the spring term. Each of the four classes meets every day for 90 minutes. Individual schedules will vary, but a typical freshman schedule might look like the following:
Fall Term: English, Science, PE, Elective
Spring Term: Math, World Language, BFS, Elective
As of the 2019-2020 school year starting with the class of 2023:
250 Credits in Core Courses
COLLEGE & CAREER READY
4 terms / 40 credits
3 terms / 30 credits
(including Math 2)
2 yrs lab science
2 terms / 20 credits
(both must be lab sciences:1 year physical science, 1 year life science)
World History 10th
US History 11th
US Government /
3 terms / 30 credits
World History (10 credits)
US History (10 credits)
US Gov’t (5 credits)
Economics (5 credits)
2 terms / 20 credits
Visual / Performing Arts
1 term / 10 credits
Building Foundations for Success
1 term /10 credits
2 terms / 20* credits *students who do not pass Physical Fitness Exams will be required to take additional credits of PE
2019-2020 SERVICE LEARNING INFORMATION
Service Learning questions can be referred to Assistant Principal, Mrs. Mabery at x2073, or the AP secretary, Jamie Luna at x2077.
Students should turn in all Service Learning paperwork, current and previous year's paperwork, to the correct boxes in the AP office as soon as the hours have been completed. You do NOT have to wait for the due date deadline.
If you do not complete service learning hours for previous years, you may be ineligible to play a sport and/or obtain a work permit.
DUE DATES:Make-up packets for 12th grade only: December 2, 2019
How many Service Learning hours are required?
Students are required to do 8 hours of service learning for every year of enrollment at RCHS.
Can a student work for the same organization all four years?Yes.
Can students work for multiple organizations during the same year?Yes.
When can service learning hours be completed?Students can complete hours for the next school year after June 2 of the current school year, unless approved. Any hours that were not completed can be made up at any time.
Where can the Service Learning hours be completed?Service Learning hours must be completed for a non-profit company or charity group, a school, city or state agency, or a licensed nursing home or daycare. If a student is not sure an organization qualifies, please seek approval before completing the hours. Helping a neighbor with babysitting or yard work does not qualify for service learning.
Where do students turn in their completed form?Service Learning paperwork should be turned in to the drop box in the Assistant Principals' office as soon as the hours and form has been completed.
Must the Service Learning hours be completed?YES!! Service Learning is a graduation requirement; if students do not complete 8 hours of service learning for every year of enrollment at RCHS, students will be denied a diploma, work permits will be denied or revoked, and student athletes will not be permitted to play in league contests.
Can a student be paid for the hours completed?No. Service Learning hours must be 100% voluntary. No compensation of any kind is allowed.
Can students miss school to complete the required Service Learning hours?Maybe. Students may not miss any part of the school day to complete service learning hours, unless the event is sponsored by RCHS or WUSD.
Can students complete multiple years' requirements in one year?Yes, but only if the student is missing hours. For example, a Senior who hasn't completed any hours must complete all 32 hours their Senior year. However, a Freshman cannot complete all 32 hours their Freshman year.
Is their a penalty for Seniors who do not complete the required number of hours?Yes. Seniors that have not completed Service Learning hours by the deadlines may have to appeal to have the deadline extended. See Mrs. Mabery in the Assistant Principals' office for the appeal process if you fall under this category. In addition, Seniors will not receive a diploma and may be unable to participate in the graduation ceremony, as well as other Senior-specific events.
Is their a penalty that affects other grade levels who do not complete the required number of hours? Yes. All students can be denied a work permit or can have it revoked. In addition, student athletes will be unable to play in league contests until the hours are brought current. This means that if a Sophomore is playing football and hasn't completed 9th grade hours, that student cannot play in league football games until 8 hours of Service Learning have been completed.
Who does my student contact if he or she has questions about the Service Learning requirement?Please contact Assistant Principals' secretary Jamie Luna at 916-375-7800 x 2077 or Assistant Principal Christine Mabery at x2073.
Bryte College and Career Training campus is River City High School's extension campus located in northern West Sacramento. The extension campus is noted for its popular Career Technical Education (CTE) programs in Culinary Arts, Ag Science - FFA, and Construction - BITA.
Students attend the Bryte extension campus two periods a day and spend two periods a day at River City. Students may attend morning classes at Bryte and then take the bus back to River City for their afternoon classes or attend morning classes at River City then take the bus to Bryte for afternoon classes.
Washington Unified School District career and technical education (CTE) programs prepare students by providing them with industry-specific knowledge and skills critical for successful employment in a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers.
WUSD's Career Technical Education Department offers sequences of courses or pathways in 9 career areas. Refer to the pages on the right to learn more about WUSD's Career and Technical Education pathways. With the aid of local industry partners, many of our programs offer work-based learning opportunities including mentoring, guest speakers, job shadowing, and internships.
Each of our career and technical education pathways prepares students to enter employment directly following high school and/or prepares students to continue their educational and career goals in aligned programs at local colleges. In addition, our programs have been designed with regular input from advisory committee members who keep our programs relevant with up-to-date industry expectations and standards.
Combined with other academic offerings, students enrolled in Career Technical Education are able to meet UC/CSU A-G college entrance requirements as well as high school graduation requirements and career goals.
Please see the Course Catalog or the links below for Descriptions of our CTE Programs.
It is a good idea for students to map out the courses they would like to take in a four year plan. Please remember every plan can be customized to the individual student's need. Please refer to the Course Catalog for elective choices. Be aware of graduation requirements, college requirements, and course pre-requisites. Click the link below to access and print a blank four year plan.
The advanced education program lets high school students take community college classes and earn college credit while still in high school. Advanced education students may take up to two classes during any fall, spring, or summer semester.
Advanced education students must meet the following criteria:
You are 16 or 17 years old or you have already completed 10th grade by the first day college classes start
You are currently enrolled in high school (public, private, or home school)
Your unweighted high school grade point average (GPA) is 2.7 or higher
If it is your first time enrolling as an advanced education student, then submit an online college application. Be sure to indicate that you are an advanced education student, not a new student.
Continuing Students: Submit Supplemental Data Form
You are a continuing advanced education student if you have already taken classes through the advanced education program. Continuing advanced education students don't need to re-apply to college, but they do need to complete their supplemental data form in eServices each semester.
Decide What Courses to Take
Advanced education students may not take the following courses (with some exceptions):
Basic skills classes (any class that is numbered 1 to 99)
Classes you have to repeat because you received an unsatisfactory grade at your high school
Classes where your ability to relate to mature subject matter or teaching methods negatively affects the ability of other students to learn
Classes where your safety or the safety of others would be jeopardized
Classes that are offered at your high school during the same semester
General education classes, if you are receiving your education in a non-traditional setting (such as private or home school)
Complete the Advanced Education Application Packet
The following documents constitute your advanced education application packet:
A typed statement that explains why you want to be an advanced education student and how you meet the criteria
Your current high school transcripts
Your high school class schedule for the semester you want to take advanced education classes
An affidavit, if you go to home school or private school and your school is not listed in the California School Directory
Unofficial college transcripts (if you’ve taken college classes in the past) and/or test results from AP, CLEP, or IB, if you wish to enroll in classes that have prerequisite requirements
Your application must be signed by your principal or an authorized signer. If the school official who signs your application is not on our list of designated signers, then they must provide a list of all authorized designees on school letterhead that is signed by the principal. If this is the case, then please include this list with your application.
The enrollment fee is waived for advanced education students who are California residents. The fee may also be waived for non-residents who have lived in California for more than one year or who have attended elementary or secondary schools in California. However, advanced education students are still responsible for paying additional fees, such as the universal transit pass (UTP) fee and student representation fee.
The grades you earn in advanced education classes go on your permanent college transcript. Parents of advanced education students who are under 18 do not have a right of access to their children’s student records.
Please note: Grades earned in Advanced Education courses will not receive a grade bump on student's permanent high school transcript. The course credit and grade the student receives will become part of his or her permanent college record and must be reported as such on college applications. Students will need to request official transcripts from the Los Rios Community College District to be sent to any and all institutions to receive credit. Failure to do so may result in delayed admission
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Athletes and College
HOW SHOULD THE ELIGIBILITY PROCESS WORK?
The admission and eligibility process for athletes has become increasingly complicated. Any athlete who wishes to receive an athletic scholarship or even participate in intercollegiate athletics at the Division I or Division II level must receive initial clearance from the NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse. It is mandatory, with no exceptions. To make things more confusing, Athletics and the college admission process have a longstanding but often misunderstood relationship. The college admission office is the gateway through which all athletes must pass. Every single one of the athletes who plays competitive intercollegiate athletics must first be admitted to a college (Pruden).
In choosing classes for your student athlete it is important to be aware of College Entrance requirements NCAA approved coursework. Please spend time researching the links and advice offered on this page. Check with a counselor to verify which courses at RCHS count for the NCAA.
Grades 9 and 10
Take academic college-preparatory courses.
Compare course selection against the list of NCAA-approved core courses.
Registers for the SAT and/or ACT, make sure to use code 9999 at the time of registration.
Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center and complete both the academic information and the amateurism questionnaire.
Complete college preparatory courses in English, math, science, social studies and foreign language.
Make sure SAT/ACT scores have been submitted to the NCAA.
On or after April 1, log into your Eligibility Center account to update your academic and amateurism information and request final amateurism certification.
After graduation, request the student’s final transcript to be sent to the Eligibility Center.
Students must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:
Complete 16 core courses:
Four years of English
Three years of math (Integrated 1 or higher)
Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science)
One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
Two years of social science
Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before the seventh semester (before Senior Year). Once students begin their seventh semester, they may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve their core-course GPA.
Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in their core courses.
Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances their test score and core-course GPA. If students have a low test score, they need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible.
Below is a list of items that you may want to have prepared prior to beginning your registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Allow at least 15 minutes to one hour to register completely.
Valid E-mail Address.
Basic Personal Information.
Basic Education History.
Sports Participation History.
Payment. The Eligibility Center accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. If you are a U.S. resident, you can choose to pay by electronic check. Some individuals qualify to apply for a fee waiver.
SAT / ACT Minimum Test Scores
In Division I, there is a sliding scale of test score and GPA. View the scale by clicking here. In Division II, there is a minimum test-score requirement of 820 on the SAT (critical reading and math only), or 68 sum score on the ACT.
Deadline for Test Scores
Students much achieve the minimum required test score on the ACT or SAT before their initial full-time collegiate enrollment. The SAT and ACT test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Eligibility Center; we cannot take test scores off transcripts. When students register for the ACT or SAT, they may input 9999 (the Eligibility Center test code) to have the test score sent directly to us. Doing this at the time of test registration will ensure the score comes to the Eligibility Center at no additional cost to the student.
NCAA Amateurism Certification
The NCAA Eligibility Center will include an amateurism certification section that will be used to determine the amateur status of freshman prospective student-athletes initially enrolling at NCAA Divisions I and II member institutions. [Note: In NCAA Division III, certification of an individual's amateurism status is completed by each institution.]
Seal of Bi-Literacy
The Seal of Biliteracy is an accolade presented by a school, district or county office of education to recognize a student who has demonstrated proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. The seal encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices. The seal is only presented to students who have graduated high school, as it is affixed to their diploma. Numerous benefits are inherent in developing a Seal of Biliteracy: recognizing the value of language diversity, preparing high school graduates for a 21st century world and workplace and taking an asset-based view of non-native English students' native languages, cultures and heritage.
The California State Seal of Biliteracy Criteria established in legislation certifies attainment of a high level of proficiency in two or more languages. The English criteria includes:
Completion of all English language arts requirements for graduation with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or above.
Passing the California Standards test in English language arts administered in grade 11 at the proficient level or above.
For English learners not reclassified, attain the overall early advanced level on the English language development test
The criteria for proficiency in a language other than English is one of the following:
The CHSPE is a voluntary test, given only in English, that assesses proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics skills. The test consists of two test sections: English language arts (which has two subtests, reading and language) and mathematics. More information on the content of the tests can be found on the website under "About the Test".
When and where is the CHSPE offered?
The three administration dates are offered each school year. Most California counties have at least one test administration center. For a list of counties and test centers, go to the registration page on the CHSPE website.
Who is eligible to take the CHSPE?
You may take the CHSPE only if, on the test date, you meet of the following criteria:
You are at least sixteen years old.
You have been enrolled in grade ten for one academic year or longer.
You will complete one academic year of enrollment in grade ten at the end of the semester during which the next regular administration of the CHSPE will be conducted. (Regular administrations are the fall and spring administrations each school year.)
Homeless Youth Fee Wavier Information
The registration fee for the CHSPE will be waived for any examinee who is under twenty-five years of age and can verify his or her status as a homeless youth.
Certified Foster Youth Fee Wavier Information
To qualify for a waiver, a foster youth must submit all standard required registration materials and certification of his or her foster youth status at the time of registration for a test administration. This certification can be provided by the county of residence or the California Department of Social Services. Eligibility for the fee waiver is valid until the certified foster youth reaches twenty-five years of age.
Additional information is located on the website or by phoning 1-866-342-4773.
Students struggling in Math, Science, and History may benefit from the following website. There are also lessons on SAT Preparation, Finance, and other relevant topics.
BYU (Brigham Young University) offers courses for free* online at elearn.byu.edu . Students and parents may follow the lessons to supplement their learning, including those interested in U.S. Citizenship.
*Please note, students will not earn credits for free classes.
Most RCHS teachers are available before / afterschool for help and questions. See individual teacher's website for information and study tools.
ACADEMIC OUTREACH - Access to multiple teachers/subjects, Chromebooks, printers, snacks, and late bus passes!
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
Time: 3:45 - 5:00 pm late bus available
Where: RCHS Cafeteria
Non Discrimination Policy
Washington Unified prohibits discrimination and/or harassment based on any legally protected characteristics, actual or perceived, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression.
Policies on student participation and selection criteria for athletics/competition, extracurricular and co-curricular activities indicating availability of programs, activities and clubs are open to all students.
The Washington Unified School District and River City High School strive to comply with Federal Title IX gender equity laws.
Address questions and concerns to: Personnel Department, Washington Unified School District , 930 Westacre Rd., West Sac, CA 95691. (916) 375-7600