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4540 American River Drive
Sacramento, CA 95864

(916) 971-7494
(916) 971-7513
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October 24, 2014
Inflexible Scheduling for Band Students If your student plans to take advantage of Rio s fantastic nationally recognized band program be prepared to curtail your summer vacation plans. Because of the San Juan Unified School District s current refusal to allow for a physical education exemption policy, as allowed by the California Education Code, many band students will have to take PE during the summer. This is because some band practices and PE overlap in the students packed schedules. Athlete students who are in band cannot get PE credit for after school sports. Strangely, another SJUSD high school, Mira Loma, allows an exemption process for International Baccalaureate students participating in school-sponsored interscholastic athletic programs due to their curriculum demands. Other high schools in California provide PE exemptions to students even when they participate in organized after school club sports. The SJUSD just does not seem interested in putting their students best interests first.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2014
Great choice... Love it here, was apprehensive about moving but I'm glad I came xxx

- submitted by a community member
May 11, 2012
I grew up here went to Mariemont, Star King and had friends at both EC and Rio. I lived in Rio's district but made the choice freshman year to go to EC. Worst choice I ever made. I transfered to Rio my sophomore year and graduated from Rio best choice I ever made. Rio is like any high school it has its issues but overall it is a good school. I had caring teachers and staff and they got involved. I'd say the AP classes are average when compaired to FHS or Jesuits. The sports are the same average. This isn't a hard school but its not a waste of time either for me that is. EC was so bad I was willing to leave my friends I wrote a review on it. To the students the social seen is big at Rio as are the drugs and your status. As for the staff they don't care about your status and do care about your grades and you graduating. So it kind of all works out. All my Rio friends have gone on to successful and professional careers as have all my friends who went to surounding private schools. My friends from EC many aren't with us anymore, several have real drug problems, some are in prison, most arrested at least once and only a handful made something of themselves. Just keeping it real.

- submitted by a community member
March 16, 2011
I really love this school it has been fun going here, i am a junior and i cant wait till senior year! everyone participates in the school activites. i would say the only downfall is all of our sports fields r crowded into one small space and sometimes soccer gets in the way of softball or baseball in the way of soccer.

- submitted by a student
March 13, 2010
I am a in 10th grade and I seriously think that the best choice I have done is to go to Rio. I was thinking of going to El Camino high which I live just down the street from, but I made the hard choice of leaving most of my friends and doing whats right. I knew that Rio was much better than E.C, now attending Rio I can be confident to tell You that Rio is the best choice to enrole your kid. First were really strong on Athletics and Our band program is unbelivable. One of my senior friend just got a all paid scholor ship to go to N.Y university. Its also great for the over acheviers we have plenty of honer and AP classes which are excelent. There's also plenty of help after school like free tutoring.

- submitted by a student
August 13, 2009
I love this school. My son is a Junior this year and actually looks forward to going back. The teachers are very involved and I couldn't ask for more from a Public High School.

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June 03, 2009
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February 10, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
January 09, 2009
As a former student at Rio i can honestly say that it is one of the best schools in the are. Most of the teachers are amazing and the over all school atmosphere is one of a kind. I'm glad i went to Rio and looking back on it now, i learned so much there that prepared for the real world.

- submitted by a student
November 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 04, 2008
Excellent Public School in Sacramento, parents shoud be grateful to have such a high school to send their kids, I am

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2008
This is the best school in the area all-around. It is in one of the safest areas. It allows students to excell in their field of excellence, and helps out students that are above, below, and just average. The campus is great and there are rarely any major problems on campus. I love this school, and so does everyone else I know.

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April 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2008
Rio is a wonderful school with amazing opportunities for student involvement. The band/music program is exceptional. In addition to their consistent high placement or wins at local and even national competitions, the teachers inspire the kids to develop a love and appreciation for music. They emphasize this over winning and set a fine example for musicianship and simply having fun.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2007
This a wonderful interactive school with lovely academic students and High standards

- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 06, 2007
My second child is a Junior at Rio, my oldest child graduated in 2005. With the exception of a couple of teachers, I think this school is fabulous. The staff is very responsive, the administration is very helpful and proactive, the parental involvement isunbelievable, and the students are polite and respectful when I visit the campus. The PTSA is very active and able to provide a lot of 'extras' that other schools in our school district don't have. About 95% of our graduates continue on to higher education. Rio rocks!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
This school is not safe at all. I dont fel safe when I am walking around on campus. There are too many 'bad' kids that can do anything at any time. I really dont feel safe even sitting in class.

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August 18, 2007
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August 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 11, 2007
I love Rio. The sports, extra curricular activities, and teachers are great. I always feel safe there and very comfortable with my surroundings. Everyone is very nice. I love Rio and I have never regretted going there

- submitted by a student
March 31, 2007
Rio is the best public school in the area. The honors and AP courses are known for being quite rigorous. Rio consistently has more National Merit Scholars than the expensive local private schools. There are plenty of clubs, sports and enrichment programs for the students as well.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2006
There are some good teachers who really care about the students. It hasn't been as safe an environment as in previous years.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2006
This school is average at best. Instructors frequently are absent or show films in class. They are difficult to contact as well, and it appears that little homework is given outside of class. Quite a contrast to other college prep oriented high schools we've dealt with. And both of us are university professors, so we have frequent interactions with schools and parents.

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February 10, 2006
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December 08, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
May 11, 2005
There are great teachers here but I think the math department is the weakest. Good quality population of students and high achievers. They offer AP and honors classes and Avid program for those kids who need the extra help. There are a lot of sports programs but academics come first. Parents are moderately involved. The Principal is very approachable.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2005
Excellent extracurricular activities. Abundance of parent support. High quality education provided by teachers who really care.

- submitted by a former student
March 25, 2005
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February 17, 2004
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Rio Americano High School
4540 American River Drive, Sacramento, CA  95864
(916) 971-7494
Last modified Rio Americano High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Rio Americano High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top