Fall 2021-22 Year

We’re growing, expanding and using new methods!  Find out more about what is coming for the 2021-22 school year.

Safe Re-Opening

Find out more about the District’s ongoing efforts to provide safe learning environments during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Summer Programs

Summer is a chance for kids to continue to develop!  Learn more about the exciting summer learning opportunities provided for learners.


Find relevant information related to all our school campuses and District buildings and grounds.




Faculty & Staff


Indoor Teaching Spaces


Acres of Outdoor Spaces

S.T.E.A.M. Learning

S.T.E.A.M. learning focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics.  The Rio School District has been engaged in S.T.E.A.M. learning for the last 10 years, including building a new school specifically focused on STEAM learning models and implementation.

Science learning in the past has often been de-contextualized and relegated to text book work. We think Science learning needs to include doing science, learning the history of science, developing an Inquiry Lens for life, and learning to use scientific perspectives for life-long problem solving.

Superintendent Message

Greetings Parents, Students and Community Members,
As was the case during the 2020/21 school year pandemic school campus closures, we will focus our efforts on the following key goals;
     • Connect with children through online, phone, paper documents and supplies, meals, and other means to let them know they are part of our school community that cares about them and their family.
     • Engage children in learning through online, phone, paper documents and supplies by connecting them with their teachers and classroom.
     • Improve the quality of learning over time.

We look forward to the 2021-22 school year and to engaging with children and families to the best of our ability. We miss working directly with all our children and families and look forward to the times when we all can return to our regular classrooms and offices and face-to-face ways of learning.  – Superintendent John Puglisi, Ph.D.

Parent Resources

ParentSquare App

The ParentSquare app and website offers a streamlined way for you to; get alerts, contact teachers and principals,sign up for opportunities, complete forms, RSVP for events, make payments, and more.

Parent Connection

ParentConnect is the district’s web-based access to our student information system. With this web-based portal, parents can check their students’ attendance, health and discipline records, standardized testing results, classroom assignments, cafeteria information, and more.

Special Projects & Events

Rio School District provides several special projects and events that help mold the young minds. These projects cover a variety of subjects and usually include hands-on real life learning opportunities.

Stakeholder Engagement

Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Each district’s LCAP must be built around eight priority areas identified by the California Department of Education:
•  Access to core services
•  Implementation of Common Core State Standards
•  Access to a broad course of study
•  Student achievement
•  Other student outcomes
•  Student engagement
•  Parent involvement
•  School climate

Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO)

Expanded Learning Opportunities allow for the primary acquisition of knowledge and skills through instruction or study outside of the traditional classroom including, but not limited to: Independent study, Private instruction, Performing groups, Internships, Community service, Apprenticeships, and Online courses.

ELOs are an integral part of young people’s education, engaging them in year-round learning opportunities that prepare them for college, career, and life.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

The ELAC is responsible for the following tasks:
•  Advising the principal and staff in the development of a site plan for English learners and assisting in the development of the school-wide needs assessment.
•  Each ELAC shall have the opportunity to elect at least one member to the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC).
• The parents or guardians of English learners elect the parent members of ELAC and receive the opportunity to vote in the election.

Creative Arts

This section of the webpages connect viewers with District arts programs and opportunities.


This section of the District web pages connects viewers to information related to 21st century learning technologies used by learners, staff, and community. Rio Robotics is a course in Robotics, which utilizes Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits.

Engaged Learning

This section of the District webpages connects viewers to examples of “active” learning. The Rio School District emphasizes hands-on and minds-on inquiry based learning that connects, engages, and develops literacies for every learner.

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