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Rio Americano High School

4540 American River Drive Sacramento, CA 95864        
Tel:(916) 971-7494
Fax: (916) 971-7513

“National Blue Ribbon School"  1994, 1996, 2006

“A California Distinguished School” 1988, 1994, 1999, 2005, 2013

Cliff Kelly, Principal
Gina Jackson, Vice Principal 
Jennifer Keith, Vice Principal
Chris Hauger, Vice Principal

COMMUNITY: Rio Americano High School is located in a suburban community along the American River Parkway, minutes from the state capitol in downtown Sacramento, California. The majority of the students reside in the surrounding established neighborhoods.

SCHOOL:: Rio Americano is a comprehensive public high school consisting of grades 9-12 with a strong emphasis on college preparatory curriculum. The class of 2024 has 489 students. The academic year is based on two semesters, each eighteen weeks in length. The school offers a six-period day with each class lasting 59 minutes, and on block days twice during the semester (Tuesdays & Wednesdays) each class lasts 124 minutes.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) COURSES: English Language, English Literature, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics 1, United States History, Macro Economics, Micro Economics, U.S. Government and Politics, Psychology, Spanish, French, Studio Art, Computer Science, World History, and European History.


Unweighted classes are graded on a four-point scale: A=4 B=3 C=2 D=1 F=0

Weighted courses: Honors and Advanced Placement courses add one point for each class

with a "C" grade or better.

A=5, B=4, C=3

This grading scale is applicable to all students. Both weighted and unweighted grades are calculated on the transcript. In cases of repeated courses, only the higher grade is calculated, although all attempts are shown.

Highest GPA for the class of 2024: 4.78

CLASS RANKING:  Rio Americano High School/San Juan USD no longer provides ranking information.

SPECIAL PROGRAM FEATURES:  Rio is accredited by the Western Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges, most recently in 2023. In 1994, 1996 and 2006, Rio was named a National Blue Ribbon School. The State of California has recognized Rio Americano's excellence by honoring the school with the Distinguished School Award in 1988, 1994, 1999, 2005 and 2013. Rio is especially renowned for its outstanding music, theater, and journalism programs, as well as for its academic competitions (Academic Decathlon, Science Bowl, Science Olympiad, Speech & Debate, Mock Trial, and Moot Court) and its athletic teams. Rio’s four-year Academia CIVITAS, a Political Studies Academy, offers an integrated, specialized curriculum addressing civic responsibility and public policy issues.

***Due to COVID-19   Students were on distance learning from March 2020 through March 2021. Between March 2021-June 2021, students had the option to resume in-person learning, or stay on distance learning. The San Juan Unified School District allowed students to earn Credit or No Credit grades for spring 2020. Taking Credit/No Credit or letter grades was a student decision. For the 2020- 2021 school year, parents and students were able to request a Credit or No Credit grade for any class in lieu of a letter grade.

STUDENT DEMOGRAPHICS:  Total students: 1,884

Seniors: 489

Juniors: 437

Sophomores: 513

Freshman: 444



4 year college/university: 43%

2 year college: 48%

Vocational/tech school: 1.8%

Military: 1.7%

Work: 2.8%

Other: 2.7%



There are more than 42 student organized clubs active on campus. Each fall students can apply to charter a club in the areas of academics, politics, culture, religion, athletics, philanthropy and special interests. Currently, chartered student clubs include Big Sis/ Little Sis, Operation Smile, Rio Garden Club, Hack Club, Malala Club and Lunch with Friends



40 credits English

20 credits Mathematics

20 credits Physical Education

20 credits World Language

10 credits Life Science

10 credits Physical Science

10 credits World History

10 credits United States History

5 credits American Government

5 credits Social Science Elective

5 credits Economics

5 credits Health

10 credits Visual/Performing Arts

50 Additional Elective Credits

220 Total Credits Required


Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID):

The mission of AVID is to ensure that all students succeed in a rigorous college preparation program. Rio provides AVID students intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships.


Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, California, offers Academia CIVITAS, a four-year honors program. The Civitas program provides students with advanced and specialized learning in the social sciences and an enriched sense of citizenship. To prepare students to be active, responsible, knowledgeable citizens who accept their role as civic minded adults.



SAT Mean Total:  1227

SAT Mean Evidence-based Reading & Writing:  618

SAT Mean Math:  609

ACT Mean Composite: Unavailable



Commended Scholars for the Class of 2024: 6

ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMS: In May 2023, 464 students took a total of 881 Advanced Placement Examinations in the following areas: English Literature and Composition, English Language and Composition, United States History, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Biology, Physics 1, Spanish Language, French Language, Economics Macro, Government and Politics, Computer Science and Studio Art.



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