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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.



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, 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.








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    • Saturday, May 30, 2015 HS Girl Up Club (Mav. Rm.) 12:00 PM to 4:00 PMMaverick Room
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    • Monday, June 1, 2015 HS After School Study (Library) 4:00 PM to 5:30 PMLibrary
    • Monday, June 1, 2015 Work Study 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • Monday, June 1, 2015 (HS) Jazz Night (GS Commons) 7:00 PM to 8:30 PMGrade School Commons
    • Tuesday, June 2, 2015 HS Jazz Band (Music Rm.) 7:30 AM to 8:30 AMMusic Room
    • Tuesday, June 2, 2015 RHS PTC Exec. Meeting 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMInternational Room or College Room
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  • Riverdale School District
  • 11733 SW Breyman Ave.
  • Portland, Oregon 97219
  • Phone: 503-262-4840
  • Fax: 503-262-4841
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