Best Public Schools in Riverside, CA


The city of Riverside, California is home to a diverse array of 103 schools, including 61 elementary schools, 14 middle schools, 22 high schools, and 6 alternative schools. The data reveals a mix of high-performing and lower-performing institutions, with standout schools like Riverside STEM Academy and Martin Luther King Junior High ranking among the top in the state, while some alternative and continuation schools face unique challenges.

The four-year graduation rates for high schools in Riverside range from 91.0% at Rubidoux High to 99.3% at Hillcrest High, with many schools achieving rates above 95%. However, dropout rates vary significantly, from as low as 0.4% at Hillcrest High to as high as 12.8% at Riverside County Juvenile Court. Test scores on state assessments also show wide disparities, with Riverside STEM Academy achieving 100% proficiency in 11th grade English Language Arts/Literacy compared to just 22.43% at Come Back Kids.

The data suggests a correlation between schools with higher percentages of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch and lower academic performance, highlighting the impact of socioeconomic factors on educational outcomes. Additionally, there is significant variation in performance among schools within the Riverside Unified School District, indicating that factors beyond just district-level administration may be influencing school-level results. Overall, the data provides a comprehensive view of the educational landscape in Riverside, revealing both areas of strength and significant room for improvement in ensuring equitable access to high-quality education for all students.

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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the California Department of Education.

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