This past spring, River Islands Academies finished its first full school year. Students, teachers & parents reunited for live graduation ceremonies in an outdoor setting to celebrate their momentous academic achievement. As we shift into autumn, River Islands is embracing this season of transition by making some exciting changes to River Islands Academies.

Given the growing population of our community, new classrooms and campuses have been built to accommodate returning students this school year. The River Islands Technology Academy has added three new classrooms to its campus and STEAM Academy has added five new classrooms for students to enjoy.

Another addition that’s on the horizon for our community? The third campus of the River Islands Academies (a K-8 school) is now under construction and will be ready for the first day of the 2022-23 school year. Brenda Scholl, Executive Director of the River Islands Academies, said that all three K-8 campuses of River Islands Academies will participate in the same innovative curriculum and culture. Teachers and staff from all three schools will be trained together, to highlight the spirit or cooperation and shared educational goals among the schools.

We also have exciting news for our older scholars living in River Islands: a high school will be breaking ground at River Islands in 2022 with a targeted opening date of 2023. To discover more about the schools at River Islands, visit our website. To learn more about River Islands Academies, visit their website.

Looking for a sign for your family to make the move to Lathrop? This is it! Van Daele Homes’ newest neighborhood, Veranda, is now open to tour! This collection of spectacular, single-family homes is ideally located on one of River Islands’ incredible community lakes.

Veranda by Van Daele Homes offers flexible and innovative home designs with approximately 2,975 to 3,775 square feet. Indoor and outdoor living has been made a priority in these residences, which boast expansive rooms and spaces for lounging, socializing, and making memories.

The inviting Delta lifestyle is prominently displayed in the exterior and interior designs of these homes. At Veranda, you will find Transitional Spanish, Modern Prairie, Modern Ranch, and Modern Farmhouse architectural styles. In addition, Veranda’s homes feature generous floorplans with four to six bedrooms, chef-worthy kitchens, dreamy master suites, and an abundance of space for your family to enjoy. The flexible home designs also include abundant opportunities for customization to suit your family’s needs. Eager to learn more about River Islands’ latest neighborhood? Read on to get a preview of the three gorgeous home designs now selling at Veranda.

Plan One

Plan 1 Home at Veranda Van Daele Homes at River Islands

Work, play, laugh, and lounge in this breezy Plan One! This gorgeous home features a combination office/fitness area and a bonus room. It’s the ideal retreat for those who need extra space to reach both professional and personal goals.

Plan Two

Plan 2 Home at Veranda Van Daele Homes at River Islands

Looking to be the host with the most? The expansive Plan Two has your name written all over it. Family and friends will relish lounging by the fireplace, while you prepare for dinner in your stylish gourmet kitchen, and overnight guests will feel at home in the charming guest suite!

Plan Three

Plan 3 Home at Veranda Van Daele Homes at River Islands

Make the most out of your productivity in Plan Three at Veranda. This beautiful home design showcases a sleek office with large sliding glass doors. If you’re looking for a change of scenery while you’re getting work done, you can move your workspace to the California room or to the peaceful deck off of the master bedroom.

Eager to make Veranda your home sweet home? Make an appointment to see these breathtaking homes in person! Veranda’s sales office and model homes are located at 2572 Middlebury Drive Lathrop, CA 95330, and masks are required during tours of the model homes. For questions, please contact the Van Daele Homes team at (209) 932-9862. Be sure to sign up for the Interest List for important neighborhood updates!

River Islands is already one of the most desirable master-planned communities to call home in the San Joaquin Valley, but now our impressive Lathrop community is about to get even better. In June, the City of Lathrop approved the Phase II plan for River Islands, which means that we can continue with our long-term plans for River Islands.

Curious to know what exciting changes are on the horizon for River Islands over the next 20 years? Here is an overview of what we have envisioned for current and future residents:

More Neighborhoods

aerial view of river islands in lathrop

River Islands has now been approved to plan for a total of 15,001 residences. These new homes will include all manner of styles— from townhomes and condominiums to apartments, as well as the single-family detached home neighborhoods that are a part of our community character.

Town Center

Now in design, the River Islands Town Center will provide a place for residents to enjoy local shopping, waterside restaurants and new and exciting recreational amenities. The Town Center will be located close to Islanders Field, and the soon-to-be-completed police administrative headquarters.

And what could be better than one Town Center at River Islands? Two! Once the first Town Center is built, River Islands will begin building a second Town Center. This proposed center will be built along the Golden Valley Parkway at Paradise Cut.

River Islands Schools

Calling all River Islands scholars! We have been approved to build five more schools within our community, including River Islands High School which will break ground next year. With a targeted opening date of 2023, River Islands High School will offer a football stadium by Islanders Field that can be used for a variety of community events. Our third charter K-8 school is currently under construction and will open for the 2022-2023 school year.

More Outdoor Amenities

man kayaking on lake at river islands

A large part of River Islands is devoted to open space, parks, lakes, new waterways and trails, but we have more outdoor amenities planned for our residents to enjoy. In the future, our scenic community will feature:

  • 13 more lakes for a total of 26 lakes throughout the community
  • 300 acres of community parks
  • An additional 160 acres of small neighborhood parks
  • 18 miles of trails that will allow pedestrians and bicyclists to traverse all of River Islands without crossing a major street

We’re so excited for the bright future that we share with the City of Lathrop. To learn more about our community, visit our website.

The sun is about to set on your home search. The Grand Opening of Sunset by Pulte Homes is Saturday, August 7. Conveniently located near the community’s K-8 school, coming in 2022, this neighborhood was made for your family’s happily ever after.

Sunset by Pulte Homes will showcase two-story floorplans ranging from 2,785 to 3,177 square feet with three to six bedrooms—plenty of space for a lifetime of memories! These Life Tested® floorplans are stylishly functional with open-concept designs, smart home features, and energy-efficient appliances. What more could you ask for from your new home?

This anticipated collection of stunning residences offers four impressive home designs that will include open living spaces, convenient dens, and inviting lofts. Looking to customize your home to fit your family’s needs? You’ll have a myriad of personalization options available to you, such as additional bedrooms, covered backyard patios, and gourmet kitchen packages.

Your chance to live in this exciting neighborhood is now here! Excited to learn more? Continue on to get to know the floorplans.


Set your sights on the spacious Ellenberg floorplan. Versatile, functional, and gorgeous, this incredible home includes a den and a loft that can be upgraded to bonus bedrooms. The second-floor laundry room is a unique feature that you’ll be thankful for when laundry day comes around!


An entertainer’s dream, the Quincy home’s impressive gathering room makes for the perfect venue for your next party! It also features four to six bedrooms, providing an even better reason for your favorite out-of-town guests to visit. If you’re looking for comfort and space, this floorplan is calling your name.


Boasting approximately 2,996 square feet of living space, a first-floor bedroom suite, four to six bedrooms, a flex room, and an expansive gathering space, you can say that the Rosyln floorplan is built to wow. You’ll love having the space your family needs to grow.


Looking to live large? The Dahlia home is it. This impressive 3,177 square foot home boasts the largest floorplan at Sunset, and features five to six bedrooms, a main-floor suite, and an optional outside entrance. It’s a home where dreams are made and shared.

Go ahead, make the move to Sunset by Pulte Homes. This incredible neighborhood is officially open to the public, with no appointments needed. If you can’t visit during our Grand Opening weekend, the models will be open daily for tours. Contact the Pulte team at (209) 392-5753 for more information and to schedule your tour.