• Rio Americano High School Profile 2022-2023

    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 2023 has 455 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 (Tuesdays & Wednesdays) each class is approximately 124 minutes.  


    Language, English Literature, Calculus AB, Calculus

    BC, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science,

    Physics 1, United States History, Macro Economics, Micro Economics (only offered in 2020-21 school year, U.S. Government and Politics, Psychology, Spanish, French, Studio Art, Computer Science, Statistics, and World 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 2022: 4.72

    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 2017. 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: 1,905

    Seniors: 455

    Juniors: 507

    Sophomores: 458

    Freshman: 485


    4 year college/university: 50%

    2 year college: 45%

    Vocational/tech school: 1%

    Military: 1.5% 

    Work: 2.5%



    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.


    40 credits English 

    30 credits Mathematics 

    20 credits Physical Education 

    30 credits 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

    20 credits World Language

    10 credits Visual/Performing Arts 

    30 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:  1199 

    SAT Mean Evidence-based Reading & Writing:  612

    SAT Mean Math:  587 

    ACT Mean Composite: Unavailable


    Commended Scholars for the Class of 2022: 6


    437 students took a total of 757 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 and 2, Spanish

    Language, French Language, Economics Micro &

    Macro, Government and Politics, Comparative Government and Politics, Music Theory, Computer Science and Studio Art.




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Last Modified on October 4, 2022