Riverdale Ridge High School, the newest high school in Adams County School District 27J, is in the midst of its first year as a school.
The school is unique for many reasons – it is part of District 27J’s new four-day school week, a change that was made to save the district money from school buses, food services and electricity. The new school week will have classes start at 8:30 a.m., and students will be released at 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Mondays will be a day for teacher development. Riverdale Ridge High School also has a brand new, state of the art building in Thornton.
Located at 13380 Yosemite St., the school is designed with safety and efficiency in mind. Classrooms are lockable, parking lots are in segregated areas and the school’s gym has lighting from sun tubes that bring in daylight. The desks in the classrooms can be adjusted for sitting, or standing, and the school is designed to be like a college campus.
The commons area of the school can hold up to 600 students at a time, and it resembles commons areas of a college campus. The library has workstations and mobile power stations where Riverdale Ridge High School students can charge their laptops.
The school’s hallways are wide, making it prepared for growth if more students enroll. It accommodates teachers by offering them their own offices to be used for most of their work.
Students attending Riverdale Ridge High school come from West Ridge and Branter Elementary Schools and Vikan and Prairie View Middle Schools. Previously, those students would have attended Brighton High School or Prairie View High School.
This school year, Riverdale Ridge High School is a dual-purpose school. Middle school students that are in the sixth, seventh and eighth grade will occupy the bottom area of the school, while freshman and sophomores will have classes on the upper area.
The classes of 2021 through 2025 are expected to number 1,200 students, but that number should grow over 1,800 by 2020.
The school will not be a full high school for another two years, but they will have a senior prom and athletic teams. Students chose the Raven as their school’s mascot with royal blue and light blue as their school’s colors. Go Ravens!