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Lacey, WA
Students enrolled: 1,114

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8929 Martin Way East
Lacey, WA 98513

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(360) 412-4820
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April 18, 2015
This is a "hang out " high school. I don't know how it got a 7 rating- when at the beginning of the 2015-16 it was a five (5). Most teachers and staff are jaded, the academic presentation is substandard, The school is not culturally competent (though they attempt to give the appearance that they are.) The sports program is good, but if you want your child ready for college-I would reconsider this school-. This school is small, unkempt, and over crowded. We are moving out the district because of Thurston County schools. If you are a parent and are concerned about you child's education then this school will be sure to disappoint. The county really needs to consider an overall school improvement plan. This is not the only school in the district that is below average; I have students that attended three others in this district and the consensus is the same about all three- below average and need for improvement.

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2014
My son attends River Ridge High School and is having the best high school experience we could have hoped for. We are a military family, but lucky enough to be able to remain on one spot for all 4 years of his high school. He loves the diversity, the teachers, staff and coaches. We are realistic in the knowledge that kids make poor choices at times, but the options and ability for our son to rise to his potential and even exceed it made us choose RRHS vs others in the area. It's smaller, but has all the same accelerated classes as the other schools. The kids joke about how RR gets a bad wrap due to its location. But most of the students embrace the reputation and use it to prove the neigh sayers wrong. We are very please with the education our son is receiving.

- submitted by a parent

December 12, 2012
i have to children that attend this high school, they have been here for under a year n i have noticed that this school is bias against teen parents. they allow fighting and theats between kids but yet when you hear and witness thier staff verbally abuse students and you report it they do nothin about it and then go after your children with a vengance this is the worst high school in the lacey area.

- submitted by a parent

January 01, 2011
i love going to this school. you can make so many friends. our sports programs are pretty good. there are many things i like about this school , but then again there are many things i dont like. i dont understand why this school is an outdoor school. i mean comeon this is washington , not hawaii. some of the teachers are rude and many teachers shouldnt even have a licenses to teach. this school doesnt have alot of money. i am a sophmore c/o 2013.

- submitted by a student

August 26, 2010
I am a current student at RRHS and I am very disappointed. The ground is filthy and some of the faculty aren't very helpful. Some teachers are very rude and don't do their job. There are too many fights and students doing things they're not suppose to. I wish they would rebuild the school, even though it's only about 17 years old. And there's too much gossip and drama.

- submitted by a student

March 14, 2009
im a sophomore this year at river ridge and i actually enjoy it! there are many people with different backrounds and colorful personalities and its way easy to make friends here! i look forward for the next 2 years at this school! --2011 baby(:

- submitted by a student

January 26, 2009
I graduated RRHS in 2003, and while I think high school was one of the most challenging times of my life, I enjoyed my time there. In spite of its 'gangster/ghetto' reputation at the time, it was a very tolerant place to learn and grow. I had a number of incredible teachers who played a large part in shaping my future. (I also had a few duds who were not invested in their students whatsoever.) The biggest drawback at RRHS was the horrendous scheduling system. There was no way to get into a routine because the schedule was changed not just yearly (we didn't have the same start time two years in a row) but monthly. It seemed like every other week we had at least one day of strange scheduling because of a holiday or break. Try being on time to class in that environment.

- submitted by a community member

November 19, 2008
This school is subpar with few competent teachers. Financial issues also hinder the school in ways such as making the day start at 7:20, which is bad for the students. Students often spit on the ground and so the ground is filthy, though inside the buildings is better.

- submitted by a student

July 17, 2007
I attend river ridge high school and I love it. The academics programs are wonderful. The coaches and teachers are very Supporting and helpful with the students. The dance ,basketball, and track team is familial. In my opinion ,the best thing about the school is its diversity of students and teachers. It s full of different ethnical backgrounds. River Ridge offers a Varity of language programs. Currently I am taking Japanese. My parents are highly involved in my schooling. They have all of my teachers e-mails so they updates often. I would defiantly recommend this school.

- submitted by a student

May 17, 2005
This school is the tops of the rest to me, my teenagers enjoy the school and the teachers. They have decided that R.R. is the place to be for a high school and are glad to be students there. As a parent i have no problems being able to speak to staff concerning my children and this is very workable to me as a busy parent.

- submitted by a parent

June 06, 2004
River Ridge is a great school for any high schooler. It's a very diverse school, so it's great for other students to meet people outside their racial background. The teachers there are very helpful, and have a good experience. The school is only about 10 years old, so the building is in great shape! The girls basketball, volleyball, dance team, and track team here have all gone to state in the 2004-2005 year! I highly recommend River Ridge High School!

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2004
Very diverse school, the best thing about River Ridge is all the various cultures and backgrounds. Everyone gets along with each other, you'd think that wouldn't be the case but it is.

- submitted by a student

December 07, 2003
Although our daughter didn't attend elementary or middle school in this area, the faculty, staff, and students of River Ridge made her feel right at home. River Ridge's diverse student population has been a big plus. The drama department is wonderful!

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2003
River Ridge High School has quality programs for all students, to wit, regular education, special education, MESA (as a club), Drama, etc. It also has a wonderful library which encourages River Ridge students to use electronic sources of information for research to make up for any holdings it might not have locally. In summary, River Ridge High School has a wonderful learning environment rich with diversity, and provides a safe, nurturing learning environment for all. Parent involvement comes in the form of joining the 'Booster Club'. - Steven Shippee

- submitted by a parent
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River Ridge High School
8929 Martin Way East, Lacey, WA  98513
(360) 412-4820
Last modified River Ridge 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.
River Ridge High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top