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Academic Overview

 

Our simple but powerful goal is to produce students who know how to use their minds well.

 

Riverdale High School has a college-preparatory focus. The yearly schedule includes three terms; the daily schedule includes five 70-minute periods. Each term provides .5 credit for each class, with core courses taken for two terms each year. Learn more.

 

Courses are personally and academically challenging, so we do not separate honors sections from regular courses. However, honors distinction is available for those students who undertake more and deeper work. (see Honors Curriculum)

 

For students who have already mastered certain subject areas, individual curriculum options may be arranged. We emphasize depth over breadth within the curriculum. All students exceed the Oregon state graduation requirements by 4 credits, in completing the following 28 credit graduation requirements:

 

  •    English - 4 credits
  •    Social Science - 4 credits
  •    Science - 4 credits
  •    Mathematics - 4 credits
  •    Art - 4 credits
  •    Foreign Language - 2 credits
  •    Electives - 3.5 credits
  •    PE/Health/Seminar - 1/1/.5 credits

 

Curriculum - Core Classes

 

ENGLISH: required 4 years

Literacy is developed through an emphasis on reading, writing, and literature analysis.

 

MATHEMATICS: required 4 years

Students complete a math sequence that integrates algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability, statistics, discrete math and calculus. Emphasis is placed on mathematical thinking within the context of problem solving.

 

SCIENCE: required 4 years

Students complete a science sequence that includes physics, chemistry, ecology and biology, with a Geology course in the senior year.

 

SOCIAL SCIENCES: required 4 years

Students complete an integrated social science curriculum that emphasizes 20th century history. U.S. History is included.

 

ART: required 4 years

Students are provided with a foundation in the critical, intellectual, and aesthetic skills necessary for the creative process. In addition, students come to understand the historical and cultural contexts in which art is created. Art includes visual art, music, dance, technology and cinema.

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGES: required 2 years

French and Spanish are offered in classes for years 1, 2, 3 and 4 - with advanced standing possible. Japanese is currently offered for credit before school, with all levels blended.

 

ELECTIVES

Elective courses are one, two or three terms, and available to all students. Examples of electives include Band, Choir, Computer Art, Drama, Advanced Experimental Science, Leadership, Movement, Mock Trial, Newspaper, and Yearbook Publishing. 

 

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 

A wide range of activities is offered as part of a well-rounded high school experience, including athletics, theater and music, academic competitions and a host of clubs. A key advantage of Riverdale High is that those who want to participate have the opportunity to do so. Learn more.

 


 

 

 

 

 



News

Now in his second year at Riverdale, and with four decades of experience in public education under his belt, Superintendent Terry Brandon shares with the Lake Oswego Review some valuable career lessons and discusses what makes the Riverdale education so special.
The Mount St. Helens field study trip has been a tradition for Riverdale Grade School 5th graders since 1983. This year's students had a great story to tell anyone who'd listen, including a reporter for the Lake Oswego Review.
At Riverdale, we see the curriculum as the driver, and technology as the accelerator. Read more in this article from the Lake Oswego Review.
    • Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Tentative - Staff Holiday Get-together 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
    • Wednesday, December 17, 2014 Men's Basketball Group 8:00 PM to 10:00 PMRHS Gym
    • Thursday, December 18, 2014 HS Jazz Band (Music Rm.) 7:30 AM to 8:30 AMMusic Room
    • Saturday, December 20, 2014 Men's Basketball Group 6:00 AM to 8:00 AMRHS Gym
    • Saturday, December 20, 2014 Lewis & Clark Men's Basketball 8:00 AM to 10:00 AMRHS Gym
    • Monday, December 22, 2014 Winter Break
    • Tuesday, December 23, 2014 Winter Break
    • Tuesday, December 23, 2014 HS Jazz Band (Music Rm.) 7:30 AM to 8:30 AMMusic Room
    • Wednesday, December 24, 2014 Christmas Eve
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  • 11733 SW Breyman Ave.
  • Portland, Oregon 97219
  • Phone: 503-262-4840
  • Fax: 503-262-4841
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