Award Year: 2018
Riverside STEM Academy’s mission is to provide students a rigorous, interdisciplinary learning environment focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to foster the joy of discovery, and to promote a collaborative culture of ethical and innovative problem-solving.
- Black/African American: 8%
- White: 38%
- Hispanic: 24%
- Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 4%
- Asian: 20%
- Native American: 1%
- Two or more races: 5%
Riverside STEM Academy (RSA), located in Riverside, California, is a school of choice within the Riverside Unified School District that is focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). RSA is one school, but operates two separate, yet articulated programs for both middle and high school, thereby serving students from 5th through 12th grade with a combined focus of academic concentrations in the STEM fields. Extended classes in accelerated mathematics, science, and humanities are coupled with programming in enriched, immersive engineering, and design curricula.
This unique STEM approach leads to student inquiry, specialized skill-building and knowledge application within an environment of problem-solving and collaborative skill development. Partnering formally and informally with the University of California, Riverside, and other community organizations, RSA exposes students to a variety of STEM-related academic, professional, and community opportunities through its varied co-curricular activities including regularly scheduled symposium speakers, university-sponsored workshops, field trips, research, mentorships, academic tutoring, and extracurricular science and engineering competitions. Though RSA has implemented a renowned STEM-focused curriculum, Theater, Art, Foreign Language, and English programs foster the development and opportunity for students to become well-rounded individuals. Immersive cross-curricular activities provide an environment that develops collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving and leadership skills across the campus, allowing STEM to develop a culture of inspiration, innovation, and creativity both on the individual level and campus-wide. It is the shared commitment of home, school, and community that propels our students and creates the pride we individually and collectively share as "Androids."