Our school received a 1.7 million dollar federal Magnet Schools of America grant in 2004. With these funds, the school has made extensive purchases of technology beginning with 30 Mac computers, and laptops with wireless capability for all teachers. All RMS students are offered classes in technology and media. Seventh grade students are enrolled in a nine week computer survey class that teaches keyborading, internet research, word processing, Garage Band, and iLife. Eighth grade students may chose a semester computer course to expand on their technology skills and knowledge. All students have access to their electronic portfolio via our school wide server. Students use this portfolio to share projects, reports and presentations in all classes.
The creative environment at RMS engages and motivates students to discover and utilize their talents and gifts. The music program has grown from 45 to 130 students since we became a magnet school for creative and media arts. All seventh graders learn the basic fundamentals of music in the Yamaha Music in Education program. Extracurricular music program activities include Jazz Band, color guard, drum line and parade band. These groups travel throughout Southern California to participate in parades and color guard competitions. Eighth grade students may choose ceramics, printmaking or drawing and painting to explore their talents in the visual arts. The Drama Department produces two plays each year, culminating with spring musical production. Journalism students write, edit and layout the quarterly school newspaper, "The RACMA Times" as well as the school yearbook. Video production students produce a daily school wide broadcasts as well as individual and group projects.