Our District

  Our District

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With schools dating back to the 1870s, the award-winning Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) is now the 16th largest school district in California. RUSD educates nearly 42,000 students across 50 schools in Riverside. The District serves a large portion of Riverside as well as the unincorporated areas of Highgrove and Woodcrest. RUSD is led by its 12th Superintendent, Ms. Renee Hill and is governed by a Board of Education comprised of publicly elected officials who serve five different trustee areas.

RUSD highlights


RUSD strives to provide a cutting-edge, innovative education for all students. It was the only district nationally recognized as a “Success Partner” by Google and has AP computer sciences courses at each of its high schools. RUSD maintains 12 Girls Who Code clubs across the district. As a leading organization in the state, RUSD was a contributing author to the statewide California Computer Science Equity Guide and is a highlighted member of the national Computer Science for All Consortium.

 The Arts

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RUSD’s Visual and Performing Arts Programs are an integral part to a student’s well-rounded education. RUSD encourages learning in all the arts and offers many student performance opportunities throughout the year to showcase their growth. Arts programs include:

• Band/Orchestra
• Choir
• Dance
• Media Arts
• Theater
• Visual Arts


RUSD’s 42 CTE programs provide students of all ages the academic and technical knowledge, skills, and training necessary to succeed in careers of today and the future. CTE offers a variety of different pathways related to a specific career goal. Areas of study include:

• Arts, Media, & Entertainment
• Building & Construction
• Business & Finance
• Education, Child Development, & Family Services
• Engineering & Architecture
• Fashion & Interior Design
• Health Science & Medical Technology
• Hospitality, Tourism, & Recreation
• Information & Communication Technologies
• Manufacturing & Product Development
• Marketing Sales & Service
• Public Services
• Transportation


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RUSD uses a cross-disciplinary approach to increase student interest in STEM fields. The award-winning Riverside STEM Academy, currently serving students in 5th through 12th grades, is a highlight of our district as it exposes and prepares students for STEM majors and careers. Some of the areas of study include:

• Engineering
• Student Spaceflight Experimentation
• Coding/Computer Science
• Robotics
• Environmental Science
• Biomedical Science


RUSD focuses on the overall well-being of all student and employees. Support and resources enhance social and emotional capacity to develop and sustain positive relationships and a thriving climate across the district. Programs and services throughout our schools focus on wellness and engagement for all, including:

• Family Resource Center
• Positive Behavior
• Restorative Practices
• School Counselors & Psychologists
• Site and District Crisis Teams
• Staff Wellness
• Strengths Academy
• Student Assistance Program
• Suicide Prevention & Intervention
• Wellness Initiative