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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.


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.



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.



A wide range of activities is offered as part of a well-rounded high school experience. Riverdale athletics currently fields teams in soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, track and field, cross-country and golf. Swimming, snowboarding, skiing and lacrosse are offered as Club Sports. Over 50% of the student body participates in inter-scholastic sports. Over 35% participate in drama, band and choir. The students also put on a musical production every year. Teams representing Riverdale have won the Oregon State Championships in Mock Trial and also in Bridge Building (six years in a row), as well as the International Bridge Building Contest in 2009, and have performed well at the regional Science Bowl and Academic Decathlon. A key advantage of Riverdale High is that those who want to participate have the opportunity to do so.


Current standardized test results are here.




Urinetown is pretty much your typical musical. Boy meets girl, who happens to be big daddie’s daughter, they fall in love, lead revolution against evil oppressors and live happily ever after… oh wait. Wrong show. Urinetown is an earnest tale of love, greed, and revolution. The show is set in a town plagued by a 20-year drought, where water has become so scarce that private toilets have become unthinkable. At the mercy of a single dominating corporation who maintains a monopoly on the town’s public amenities, the destitute citizens must pay towering taxes and fines to carry out their most private and basic of needs. Out of the mass of the pitiable, a hero rises to lead his fellow citizens against the tyrannical regime.


Drawing from West Side Story, Chicago, Pippin, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Misérables among others, the show irreverently pays witty homage to the great American musical theatre tradition. Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective of one of America’s greatest art forms.


Performances at the World Trade Center

121 Salmon Street Portland, OR







  • Riverdale School District
  • 11733 SW Breyman Ave.
  • Portland, Oregon 97219
  • Phone: 503-262-4840
  • Fax: 503-262-4841
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