Background on Program
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination is an elementary through postsecondary college readiness system that is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. The AVID system accelerates student learning, uses research-based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional development, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.
All four of our middle schools offer a World Language program as well as one of our elementary campuses, Sargeant Elementary. Students have the opportunity to learn Spanish before they go to high school. Our RCSD World Language program uses the TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) method of foreign language teaching. This type of program is different from how many adults learned a foreign language when they were in school. “Our focus at RCSD is on comprehension and conversation.
TK represents a true bridge between preschool and regular traditional Kindergarten. Taught by a credentialed teacher with early childhood expertise, TK uses a unique, specialized curriculum that is based on the Common Core Kindergarten standards but is designed explicitly to support the social, emotional, physical, and academic needs of young 5 year-olds.
We offer music education at all of our school sites! Education is provided by credentialed music teachers. At our elementary schools, students in grades kindergarten through 5th attend their music class weekly. There are also opportunities for our 4th or 5th-grade students to participate in additional music opportunities before or after school.
Each of our middle schools offers music as an elective class. Each site offers different level band classes and other music classes.
We are proud to offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programs at Eich Middle School and Sargeant Elementary.
The IB program aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a program that introduces students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts and allows them to grow with confidence and interest in these areas. The program allows them to be problem solvers and employ critical thinking. Project Lead the Way is offered at Stoneridge Elementary school and Chilton Middle School. Every student in grades kindergarten through 5th grade participates in PLTW at Stoneridge, and it is offered as an elective at Chilton.
Career Technical Education (CTE) courses are offered at each of the four RCSD Middle School sites. These courses teach our students to think critically with applied math and science, develop problem-solving skills, and hone the technical proficiency required of college students and employees in a competitive, global economy.
The ASES After School Education and Safety Program is offered at Woodbridge and Cirby Elementary Schools and is open to Kindergarten through fifth-grade students. It is funded through a grant from the State of California. The Program is offered to parents at no-cost and serves students every day after school until 6:00 p.m.