Rancho Cordova Schools-in-Review: Academics
Rancho Cordova offers a wide range of academic options for elementary through high school students, including arts and sciences at George Washington Carver High School, an International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at both Cordova High and Mitchell Middle Schools, Career Technical Education (CTE) Programs at Cordova High School, as well as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math focus at Riverview STEM Academy. As the school year comes to an end, we take a look back at just a few of the many stories that showcase the academic success of students and faculty in Rancho Cordova.
Ranking in the Top 10 for College Admissions
Cordova High School in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District placed in the Top 10 for University of California admissions in the Sacramento region!
According to recent data, nearly three-quarters of Cordova High School students who applied to the highly competitive University of California campuses earned admission, which places them 8th out of 88 Sacramento-area high schools.
Schools with International Baccalaureate Programmes, such as Cordova High's program, fared among the best in their admission rates.
Caring for Our Watersheds Competition
Two student teams at Sacramento City Unified School District's George Washington Carver School of Arts and Science in Rancho Cordova placed in the Top 10 out of 550 proposals submitted to the Caring for Our Watersheds Competition!
One student team submitted a proposal that would enhance habitats for bees and other pollinators, while another team focused on ways to reduce waste at school. Both projects are already being implemented on campus by switching out plastic “spork” packets for real silverware and introducing a pollinator garden.
The Riverview Rockets team competed in three STEM tournaments in Davis, CA and came away winning two design awards and a sportsmanship award. The team was invited to the state championship at Sierra College and placed 7th out of 11 teams in the competition.
One of our students from Riverview STEM who is on a middle school team, CyborgX with Riverview STEM alumni earned 1st place in the middle school category and is going on to the world championships!
The City of Rancho Cordova’s Community Enhancement Fund has funded the school’s robotics program for the past three years.
Responding to a Crisis
But academic success isn’t only measured by grades and admissions, but also by giving back to your community by using learned skills to help others.
After learning about the devastation caused by the recent fires in California, students in the Cordova High School construction class volunteered to construct dog houses for pets whose families have lost homes in the Camp Fire.
These extraordinary students were interviewed by local media outlets while loading up their finished projects on a trailer headed to Paradise, CA.
Teachers and Trophies
Cordova High School teacher Jennifer Rossiter was honored with the Exemplary International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme Educator Award from the California Association of IB World Schools (CAWS)!
Jennifer also manages a student floral design program and oversees the Future Farmers of America on campus. She earned this honor for being a champion of the school’s IB program, and for her student-centered approach to teaching, learning, and building positive relationships with students.
Teachers on the Cutting Edge
Cordova High media teacher Josh Creeger was named the Sacramento Educational Video Awards Teacher of the Week this year.
Creeger has been teaching for eighteen years, all of them at Cordova High. He currently teaches anatomy and physiology, along with media production and student government at the school. Creeger pioneered the schools media program six years ago with the help of colleagues Scott Southard and Paul Hatcher.
A College Promise Kept
At the beginning of the year, Folsom Lake College/Rancho Cordova Center welcomed the 2nd cohort of the Folsom Lake College/Rancho Cordova College Promise Program as they embarked on their first college semester of their freshmen year.
Approximately 90 new high school graduates living in the City took advantage of the opportunity to attend their first year of college fee-free through funding from the City’s Community Enhancement Fund.