About Us

RRHS School Profile

 

SCHOOL & COMMUNITY

Spanning 265 square miles, Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District serves the educational needs of rural communities along I-19 from Amado to Rio Rico, Arizona. The Rio Rico High School (RRHS) student body consists of 95% Hispanic, 1% White, less than 1% Asian, less than 1% African American, less than 1% Native Hawaiian, and less than 1% Native American and Asian students. Because over 86% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, the district is able to qualify for and offer a no charge meal program to all students.

RRHS is a comprehensive four-year public high school enrolling 1,425 students, and is accredited by the North Central Association of Secondary Schools. In 2017, RRHS was awarded the A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation. 

CURRICULUM
RRHS offers instructional programs in the following areas:
● Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge and
Honors programs in all academic areas.
(English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and
Foreign language)
● Standards-Based Instructional Curriculum
● Career and Technical Education Program
● Comprehensive Special Education Program
● Comprehensive Fine Arts Program
● Alternative At-Risk Programs
● Comprehensive SEI program

RRHS offers the following college preparatory courses:  

Cambridge

● IGCSE English 1 and 2
● IGCSE Mathematics 1 and 2
● IGCSE Biology
● IGCSE Chemistry
● IGCSE World History
● IGCSE American History

Honors
● Precalculus
● LET III and LET IV (JROTC)
● Agriculture Science IV A

AP
● Calculus AB and Calculus BC
● English Language and Composition
● English Literature and Composition
● United States Government and Politics
● Macroeconomics
● European History
● Chemistry
● Environmental Science
● Physics 1
● Spanish Language and Composition
● Spanish Literature and Composition
● Capstone (Seminar and Research)

Dual Credit
● MAT 151 College Algebra
● WRT 101/102 English Composition I & II

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department in partnership with Pima County Joint Technical Education District (JTED) offers college and career readiness courses to students such as Sports Medicine, Licensed Nursing Assistant, Law and Public Safety, Agriscience, Stagecrafts, Film and Television, Engineering, Business Management,
Junior ROTC, and Culinary Arts.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAM RESULTS
In May 2022, 159 students took a total of 264 AP Exams in 13 subjects, with 53.8% of the AP Exams receiving scores of 3 or higher.

AP AWARDS
16 students received AP Scholar; four students received AP Scholar with Distinction, three received an AP Capstone Diploma, and two students received AP Seminar and Research Certificate. Rio Rico was also awarded the 2018 AP Small District of the Year Award.


CAMBRIDGE EXAM RESULTS
In May 2022, 25 students took a total of 85 Cambridge Exams in 7 subjects, 45% achieved the qualification score required. It is important to note that 100% of our students taking the IGCSE Math exam met the qualification score with two of those students earning the highest mark of A*.

CAMBRIDGE AWARDS
Rio Rico High School was awarded the 2018 Cambridge District of the Year Award.

CREDITS AND GRADUATION
A minimum of 22 credits are required to receive a high school diploma.* One-half credit is awarded for each semester-long course completed with a passing mark of at least 60%. While the majority of students elect to take four years of solid academic courses, the minimum distribution of credits for an RRHS Diploma must include:


English – 4 Social Studies – 3
Mathematics – 4 Career/Tech Ed – 1
Science – 3 Physical Education – 1
Foreign Language – 1 Electives – 5

GPA/WEIGHTED GRADES
To determine grade point average, RRHS uses the following scale: Courses that are weighted are Cambridge, Honors, and AP courses.* Ranking is computed based on the weighted GPA.


RANK and GRADE EXPLANATION
Letter Grade Percentages* Points**
A 90 – 100 4.0
B 80 – 89 3.0
C 70 – 79 2.0
D 60 – 69 1.0
F below 60 0.0


Valedictorian and salutatorian are selected after their eighth semester grades have been posted. RRHS recognizes that some courses are designed to be more challenging. As a result, there are courses that receive weighted grades.


* Honors, Cambridge and AP courses are weighted as follows: A = 5.0, B = 4.0, C = 3.0, D = 1.0, F = 0.0


NATIONAL COMPETITIONS
RRHS students compete in regional, state and national academic competitions such as Future Business Leaders of America, Future Farmers of America, Health Occupation Student Association. Additionally, students are active in the performing arts regularly garnering “Excellent,” “Superior,” and “Superior with Distinction” ratings at state and regional competitions in marching band.


TESTING INFORMATION
The summary of scores of students who took the ACT and/or SAT Reasoning Test in 2021-2022 is provided below:

 SAT I

Arizona average score: 1181
Of 22 students tested, RRHS mean score: 1147

ACT
Arizona average composite score: 19.8
Of 295 students tested, RRHS mean score: 16

ARIZONA ARTS PROFICIENCY SEAL
Two students from the Class of 2021 graduated with this distinction. They demonstrated high levels of proficiency in the Arizona Arts Education Standards through personal expression and creative experiences in arts education programs.


ATHLETICS
RRHS is a member of the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA). Hawk athletics include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, spirit line, track and field, volleyball, e-Sports and wrestling. Students at RRHS actively participate on regional and state championship teams.

COUNSELING
Elizabeth Moraila, Registrar, [email protected]
Monique Quiroz, Department Chair. Juniors, [email protected]
Kayli Riesgo, Seniors, kriesgo@scv35.org
Denise Valenzuela, Sophomore, dvalenzuela@scv35.org
Stephanie Perez, Freshman, sperez@scv35.org