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9-12
Public
West Sacramento, CA
Students enrolled: 1,963

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1 Raider Lane
West Sacramento, CA 95691

(916) 375-7800
(916) 375-7809
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October 24, 2014
Filled with under-achieving students. Run entirely by women. Very anti-male, don't even think of sending your boys here. The principal bragged to me that her three boys all tested out of high school and didn't attend the last couple of years at all.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2014
This school has the most unintelligent idiots working in it. I brought my red pair of toms on the last day of school and they took me in the office and made me stay in there for the rest of the day. They were more strict on the last day than they have ever been the whole year. When do you hear of a gangster with toms. I'm a 15 year old male btw.

- submitted by a community member
January 30, 2014
I am a proud alumni of River City. Proud Raider. I like the programs that were offered at River City when I attend the school. I remembered the quality of education that I got from all of my honors and AP classes- I will always remember Mrs. Conolly- great French teacher, and best Tennis Coach Brooks. The lessons that I've learn from these teachers are teamwork and hardwork, positive attitude and problem solver. At the time, I didn't realize how these little lesson will help me and now I am proud to say they have made a difference in my life. Their compassion and dedication to their students are way beyond any teachers that have ever ecounter- even now as I am working in various school districts. They are truly Teacher/Coach of the century.

- submitted by a community member
January 17, 2014
This is the worst school the kids are so disrespectful and unsportsmanlike it's a shame that schools have to be like this! It's disgusting how people act & patents need to step up as well as the coaches & teachers! If I was a student I would be ashamed to call this my school! No class & no respect for peers!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2013
I am a senior at River City and I think overall it's a great school. Some people say there are fights, gangs, drugs, fires but honestly thats all just blown out of proportion. Yes, there is an occasional fight. But try and find a single school that has never encountered a fight or other student drama. As for "gangs", there is no gangs. The staff or parents, whoever is saying there is a gang problem is being simply ridiculous because I know pretty much almost every student there and no one poses the slightest threat of "gang violence" NO ONE AT RC IS INVOLVED IN A GANG. It's West Sacramento, not Compton. River City is a great, safe environment, with a ridiculous amount of security patrolling every bit of our beautiful campus, that we aren't even permitted to leave during lunch, which sucks, but like, over all it's a wonderful school, with amazing teachers and staff who do the most to help you get through your four years, they always keep you on trakh to graduate and do everything in their power to aid you in any way. Most of the students are great, and the curriculum is well-rounded and I believe that attending River City can actually get you somewhere in life. (: -student

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2013
I am a parent of Two student at RCHS. I would NEVER RECOMMEND This school to anyone. They dod not have it together at all. Kids are disrespectful, parents of kids don't parent, teachers "MOST" don't follow through. I have a student with a disability and getting everyone on the same page "thier own created plan" DOES NOT HAPPEN. I think the majoraty of the staff are idiots and do not care for the future of our children. MRS GRISAFFI on the other hand is amazing! The students like her, parents like her as far as I am concerned she should be running things. They did get one new VP this year that seems to try.....Sad thing is....I do not know how this school will manage to keep ahold of any good teachers. I thank Mrs Grisaffi for being a saint every day I see her!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2012
This school is amazing! It offers a variety of different classes and sports. RCHS offers a great, clean, campus with security. I don't know why people say there are a lot of fights because there isn't.

- submitted by a community member
March 11, 2012
I really like this school. Yes, there are bad kids but thats normal. I believe that if everyone tries we can make this school much better for the years ahead.

- submitted by a community member
August 17, 2011
It's honestly not that bad of a school. It's a little rough around the edges, but that's normal. There will always be some bad kids here and there but you can't judge the entire school on that just because they stand out more. The "gang" activity is kids wearing the color red, big deal. Red is a nice looking color. There's this blanket of misinformation where the whole administrative and parental systems thinks there's some huge gang threat but there isn't. It's not gangs so much as it is races, and we live in a diverse area so you really just have to deal with it. The education system isn't bad either. If you ask around, you know which teachers will do the best job for each subject and all the counselors would love to help you get there and are very understanding when it comes to schedule changes. I take all AP and honors classes and I've yet to see any fatal flaws with the system in place. I just wish that admin would focus less on "gangs" (because there aren't any real gangs, just posers, and even they are pretty jovial and nice) and try to sand out the problems we do have, like getting more kids motivated. The image is blown out of proportion. It's really not a bad school.

- submitted by a community member
June 08, 2011
Terrible school. Especialy the math department, they really need to figure something out because more than half of all the math students are literaly failing. Come into the school and ask them for the math score statistics for the past few years, you will understand what I am talking about. Teachers overall do not care about educating you nor you succeeding, seems like they care only to finish thier shift and head home. Administration looks only after "gang" activity (of which there isnt as much) and violence rather than education.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2010
The school is new and big and pretty. Unfortunately the problem is the "bad students". Parents that don't care lead by example. Children think "they aren't wearing the gang colors" but that doesn't stop them from wearing a red belt that dangles. There is too much gang activity. Drugs. Alcohol. The school needs to be more aware of these kids. Then, some of the bad ones go to Yolo if they can't hang with River city. If they can't make it at Yolo, they go back to RC> Administration is too concerned with lack of funding rather than the kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2010
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November 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 03, 2009
I loved it going there as a teen. Now my kids go there. It's a great school now and it was back then when I went.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 06, 2009
It is just a great school. Enjoy working there

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
The staff here is awesome! We have a great, brand new campus with lots of cool equipment.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 05, 2009
Great students and dedicated staff!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 05, 2009
I work for WUSD but also work at the site RCH and I enjoy every time I go work at this site. The staff are great and the teachers have been good role model for my son that attends RCH.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
Wonderful students and staff!!! Go Raiders!!!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 05, 2009
River City (RC) is a wonderful place to be and teach.OuRCity is built on the pride of blue and gold. We Celebrate Diversity. Improve Daily. Train For Excellence. You are expected to give your best everyday.

- submitted by a teacher
September 07, 2009
I think that river city is a very well rounded educational school with many oppertunities for students to thrive.

- submitted by a student
August 25, 2009
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June 14, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 02, 2009
I am a student at river city and I can honestly say i cant stand this school. Just having a new building to be in doesnt change the people who go there. Im glad its the end of the year and i never have to come back. Some of the teachers here dont care about the students, they just care about their jobs. If i had the money to go to a different school I would have.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 22, 2009
My daughter goes to River City she transferred from another school just this year, and I have seen a big difference in her grades and attitude and its all for the better. Some parents say that this school is bad ... You have not seen bad Try having you child in one of the other surrounding schools and than you will see bad teachers and kids.!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
My son goes to the new high school. I was hoping at the new school things would improve, but they did not. There is so much stealing, fighting and trouble going on at the school. I graduated in 87 from RC and it has gone down hill ever since. There seems to be a lack of leadership and discipline. Toilets are being set on fire and even a bomb scare.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2009
We are at the new River City High School and this place is fabulous! There are so many opportunities for students to do great things. We are going to have famous people coming out of this school some day. Watch and see:)

- submitted by a community member
February 11, 2009
I have 3 boys at this school. I do hear daily about fights and kids pulling fire alarms. I also remember the same things happening when I was in high school w/o as much overcrowding. My kids are not bullied or picked on. The teachers do seem overwhelmed but from what I have gathered if the student shows up to learn the teachers are very willing to help. It's the kids that don't seek it out that will be left without support. If you want to improve upon the school, put the responsibility back on the kids! I do agree with the student about the rules seeming irrelevant! The kids who are fighting, vandalizing, stealing, and being openly oppositional or defiant should be sent home to their parents to be taught what most learn before preschool.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
the teachers arnt envolved and there are fights every day. the principles dont care at all!

- submitted by a student
January 03, 2009
i go to river city and we are about to go to the new campus and we dont have much money for funding but we have good programs adn wonderful teachers

- submitted by a student
no rating November 20, 2008
This school sucks.The kids are immature.I get a's and b's,but i dont depend on the teachers to help me.The rules are irrelevant.Not much guidance for kids who would like to get into college.But i must say there are a few good teachers in every subject that taught me very well and know exactly what they are doing..But most have or are soon to be retired. The school has showed progress since we got a new principle,and we move to the new school in january i do think it will then become a better school and one of the highest.The school has good intentions but couldnt pursue them at the old rundown r.C.High hopez 4 the future!c/o 09'

- submitted by a student
October 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 14, 2008
I am a current student going to River City High School and frankly it is the best school i have ever gone to.I see a handful of reviews below mine that say River City is a horrible school and needs to be shut down because of the students that are out of hand and teachers are doing nothing to help the problems.Just because i go to this school does not mean im going to say its a great school, I'm going to say it because its true...coming from another school that had nothing going for it but small rallys one time per quarter sure makes river city seem almost perfect.I came from a school where on my report cards were nothing but d's and f's which says it was crappy,i come to river city and get a's,b's,and c's which says this school is great.Go class of 2010! ! !

- submitted by a student
no rating October 01, 2008
River City needs to be closed down because the teachers can't teach and the students are out of hand. There are too many kids and the classes are all maxed out. The kids are out of hand and W.U.S.D. is not helping to fund an old school that has out lived it's use. If you care about you're child, do not let them be part of a C- team.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 09, 2008
My son was moved around in math so muc h it created gaps in his knowledge. The calsses vary from teacher to teacher - some care and challenge the sutdents to learn, but many don't. The electives are not what they are advertised to be, there needs to be more choices and more AP classes for the kids who are college bound. Quite a drop out rate too from what I have heard. I took my child elsewhere and they did much better and they are college bound. Not sure if that would have been the outcome if they stayed in RCHS.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 02, 2008
I agree with one of the reviews here, where the parent's child is an honors student who migrated from the GATE program to RCHS. I could have been reading my own review. I agree 100% with the parent. My child had the same experience not only in Spanish I but in Spanish II, and refused to take Spanish III, even though 4-year colleges recommend a 4th year. My child wanted to take a 4th year of science, but RCHS dropped its Physiology class. My child wanted to enroll in a 4th year of math, and RCHS dropped its Statistics course and made it solely an AP course. My child wanted to enroll in a Psychology class, but RCHS dropped that class. The courses you see listed can be crossed off one by one. They duplicate them and make it look like many choices. Many of the courses don't exist.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2008
this is a wounderful school i love this school it is awsome

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2008
RCHS is a great school. The sports are wonderful as well. The teachers are very helpful and dedicated to the students and their work. It is not only up to the teachers to help the students, the student has to want to achieve success themselves. wonderful as well.

- submitted by a community member
March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 27, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 24, 2007
My child attends RCHS and is ADHD. I have found the teachers in the Washington Unified School District don't know how to handle these students. There is a 504 plan in effect, but that doesn't seem to matter to the teachers. The school is too small for the amount of students. They required my child to go to summer school, but did not supply transportation. The middle school supplies transportation, but the high school does not. I hope when the new school is built, things will change.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2007
My child currently attends RCHS as an honors student that migrated from the GATE program at GSMS. He doesn't mind attending the school and has excelled in all his courses. Being in honors courses somewhat alleviates having problem students in the classroom, but the Spanish I class my child was in was extremely disruptive because it is a reqirement for graduation, as was the Algebra I class. Students harrassed the teacher, were out of control, and it made for a difficult learning environment. The more honors classes and A/P classes you can get your child into, the less problems with disrespectful students. Also, knowing which routes to take to class (instead of through the main hall) my child never notices any fights.

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April 27, 2007
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February 09, 2007
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- submitted by a student
December 18, 2006
I work at River City & also have two boys who attend here. I think once the new High School is finally/or ever built there will hopefully be a better atmosphere. The campus & classrooms can just not hold the amount of kids we have. We have some really great teachers I'm afraid we might lose if they don't get a fair contract. River City all and all is a great school!

- submitted by a staff
June 29, 2006
At first we were very much concerned about the quality of education my daughter will be receiving when we moved to West Sacramento however, RCHS has proven its ability to nurture and mold the students. My daughter was able to adapt and succeed in excelling in all her classes. Most of the teachers are concerned with the well-being of students and the administration staff are helpful. RCHS has a great tennis club, the coach and his players are very dedicated resulting to winning competitions. I believe RCHS' API score is well on its way up!

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May 04, 2006
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November 10, 2005
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July 19, 2005
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February 16, 2005
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February 13, 2005
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 07, 2004
Some RCHS teachers seem to be meeting the challange (or at least are trying to)of providing education in what is a difficult community to do so. I can only say this from my personal experience (one daughter a grad. and one son to be a grad. in 2005). The school grounds are old and not nice. They soon there will be a new one, can only be an inprovment. If you are sending a new student to this school, good luck, some teachers good, some bad. Try to get and keep your kids in advanced classes.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
I am not a parent, but a graduate from R.C. I was always very involved on campass. Many get the impression that R.C. is not a school to attend to get a good education, I ask what is a good education? It is truly what you make of it. Anyone can attend a elite private school and still walk away without truly getting an education. So if you are one of those parents who believe that your child can't get an education at R.C., they won't recieve an education anywhere. I feel that if a student has supportive parents that insist that they challenge themselves they will excell and have a wonderful learning experience at R.C. It is important to realize that a childs work ethic starts at home, school is just a place to let them grow. So before you look at R.C. teaching methods look at your own.

- submitted by a former student
February 03, 2004
Many students at River City are not being challenged in the classroom. Many teachers believe the students are not capable of doing well, so they give the minimum amount of work. Teachers and staff should also work on outreach to the parents rather than sending letters home which most parents don't read, don't have time to read, or simply don't understand. Thus, many parents are not involved with the school. RC's emphasis is feeding students into entry-level jobs after graduation rather than continuing education. Because the students are not challenged enough and their parents are not well-informed, most of the students do not believe that they are capable of excelling in higher education. River City can be a better school.

- submitted by a former student
January 13, 2004
I really dont like this school, the teachers are careless about their students. The school has a budget problem, there are not enough books for students to use in class. The rules in the school are rediculous, no red, no beanies, etc. If the city had another high school I would go there.

- submitted by a student
January 06, 2004
I am pleased with the disciplinary procedures and with the care and compassion the students, teachers and staff have toward other fellow beings.

- submitted by a parent
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River City High School
1 Raider Lane, West Sacramento, CA  95691
(916) 375-7800
Last modified River City High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
River City High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top