The growth of River Islands and the number of households with students has accelerated the design and construction of two new schools within the master planned community: the K-8 EPIC Academy and the first phase of River Islands High School.

Both schools are being built by River Islands Development and operated by the River Islands Academies, a charter organization authorized by Banta Unified School District. Enrollment preferences offer placements for students who reside in the District Boundaries.

A Job Fair will be held on April 20 at the River Islands Technology Academy, 1175 Marina Drive, from 4 pm to 7 pm. River Islands Academies is looking for qualified teachers for all grade levels, K-9th grade, as well as administrators, substitute teachers, office staff, special education and support staff. An informational flyer with more details is posted online at

EPIC Academy will be the third elementary school campus in the River Islands Academies, offering classrooms for students in Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade. Brenda Scholl, Executive Director of the River Islands Academies, will also serve as the EPIC Academy Site Principal to create continuity in both programs and culture as already established at River Islands Technology Academy and STEAM Academy.

Ms. Scholl operates the schools in the fundamental belief that individuals learn best in an environment nurturing creativity. All of the schools in the River Islands Academies and will address the academic, social and emotional needs of the diverse population of students in each of its unique settings.
River Islands High School will open the 9th Grade Academy in August of 2022 on a portion of the EPIC school site while the permanent high school facility is under construction. This will allow students graduating from the River Islands Technology Academy and Steam Academy an uninterrupted academic and social experience while the high school is built.

The RIHS 9th Grade Academy will be a small learning community that aims to create a highly personalized environment that prepares students to be college- and career-ready. Mrs. Carey Simoni will serve as the Principal of RIHS. She has spent the last year developing educational and extra-curricular programs for the upcoming school year. Students will have the opportunity to explore their interests while receiving rigorous and relevant instruction along with creating the culture and traditions for River Islands High School.

Trumark Homes’ Avalon Point neighborhood at River Islands is now previewing! Featuring a gorgeous lakeside setting to enjoy, this family-oriented community offers 69 single-family detached homes with three floorplans. With some of the largest homesites at River Islands, Avalon Point offers a minimum of ~7,000 sq. ft.—making it easy for you and your family to thrive.

The single-story homes at Avalon Point have up to 2,827 sq. ft. and two-story homes range from ~3,761 to 4,191 sq. ft. in size. These homes are strategically designed to maximize families’ living experience with two- and three-car garages, generous yards, and up to 5 bedrooms. Here, residents will also have the luxury of choice. Depending on the differing needs of a family, Avalon Point offers optional lofts, dens, and Next-Gen suites. Follow your dreams of finding the perfect home, and explore this gorgeous community’s floorplans below.

Plan 1

Plan 1 floorplan at Avalon Point by Trumark Homes at River Islands in Lathrop

Explore the beauty of intricate details inside Avalon Point’s single-story Plan 1 home design. With ~2,827 sq. ft. of space, 4 bedrooms, and 4 bathrooms, this floorplan offers enough space for comfort and growth. The captivating master suite includes a spa-like bathroom, two sinks and two large walk-in closets.

Plan 2

Plan 2 floorplan at Avalon Point by Trumark Homes at River Islands in Lathrop

Expansive and charming, Avalon Point’s Plan 2 has a captivating floorplan that optimizes the ~3,761 square feet of space. This two-story home features 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and a spacious multi-functional great room for hosting guests or spending time with family. Enhance your home’s layout with your choice of a fifth bedroom downstairs or a multi-generational suite!

Plan 3

Plan 3 floorplan at Avalon Point by Trumark Homes at River Islands in Lathrop

Fall in love with Avalon Point’s gorgeous Plan 3 home, where space and luxury blend in harmony. Made to take every day living to new heights, the floorplan boasts ~4,192 sq. ft. of space and several optional rooms that accommodate your modern lifestyle. From an elegant dining room for gatherings of all sizes, to a gourmet kitchen with a central island, Plan 3 is the perfect place to call home.

Visit our website to explore Avalon’s stunning floorplans, and be sure to contact the Trumark team at (209) 457-5295 to schedule an appointment to learn more about the homes now previewing!

Caring acts happen year-round here at River Islands. We are all about giving back, and feel so fortunate to be able to lend a hand in putting food on the tables of those who are in need. You can join us in our quest to help others by participating in our 365 Days of Giving program! This fun and easy food drive supports the Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin County.

Our program is called “365 Days of Giving” because we provide donations to Second Harvest Food Bank throughout the entire year. With your donations and support, we help make it possible to feed the more than 35,000 people in San Joaquin County that Second Harvest Food Bank provides for each month.

Participating is fun for all ages. All you need to do is drop off any non-perishable food items at one of our designated locations, which include:

1. Lathrop-Manteca Fire Station #35, located at the end of Somerston Parkway

2. The River Islands Welcome Center, located at 1401 River Islands Parkway

3. The River Islands Executive Offices, located at 73 West Stewart Road

Gather your friends, family and neighbors, and drop by any of the above locations this year to donate food for a good cause.

Finally, we would like to say thank you to all of our amazing residents, who have already donated food to the 365 Days of Giving program, and made it a great success!

Are you ready for a refreshing take on lakeside living? Waypointe by The New Home Company has brand new models available for touring by appointment only. You can reserve your spot by giving The New Home Company team a call at (209) 800-3462. Read on to learn more about this new River Islands neighborhood!

A charming enclave within River Islands, Waypointe features one- and two-story homes with up to 5 bedrooms and 4 baths, and approximately 3,119 square feet of living space. Renowned for prioritizing homeowner satisfaction, The New Home Company offers award-winning Design Studio services and advanced EVO Home Tech, so you can customize your home with ease. To discover the joys that await you at Waypointe, take a look at the wonderful floorplans below:

Plan 1

plan 1 at Waypointe by The New Home Company at River Islands in Lathrop

The dreamy Plan 1 floorplan is perfect for enjoying gorgeous lake views from the comfort of your home. Its thoughtfully planned single-story design features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and an optional California room, where you can soak in the beauty of each and every gorgeous day.

Plan 2

plan 2 at Waypointe by The New Home Company at River Islands in Lathrop

Need room to explore all of your options? The spacious, two-story home design of the Plan 2 floorplan offers 4 bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen with a charming island, a Zoom office to work from home, and a bonus room that can be personalized to fit any aspect of your lifestyle.

Plan 3

plan 3 at Waypointe by The New Home Company at River Islands in Lathrop

The Plan 3 floorplan is ideal for large families and multi-generational households. Featuring approximately 3,119 square feet of glorious living space, here the possibilities are endless. Whether you are tackling a work-from-home schedule or looking to dive into your fitness goals, the first floor offers an optional flex space, multi-generational suite, or home office that is perfect for creating the ultimate room for your heart’s desires.

The model homes at Waypointe are now open by appointment. Visit the Waypointe page on our website to explore the floorplans and discover more about these beautiful lakeside homes starting from the mid $700,000s. If you’d like to see the homes in person, call The New Home Company sales team at (209) 800-3462 to schedule your visit!

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! Did you have a St. Patrick’s Day full of shamrocks and shenanigans, because many of our residents did. From March 11- 17, several of our River Islands residents channeled the luck of the Irish and went on a scavenger hunt! Participants searched far and wide for clues hidden around our community in order to find the magical golden treasure at the end of the rainbow.

Once the participants reached each clue destination, they captured a picture of themselves at the destination with the numbered four-leaf clover, and then uploaded a picture for each clue on the entry form on our website.

Here are adorable photos of some of the cutest clovers in the patch!

young girl at playground at River Islands in Lathrop
young boy and girl in front of brick wall at River Islands in Lathrop
young boy in front of sign on gate at River Islands in Lathrop

On March 18, the winners of the scavenger hunt were picked at random by using an online raffle generator and they received a $100 gift card to The Boathouse. Meet our lucky winners- BellaRose, Ivan, and Aubrey!

three children on volleyball court at River Islands in Lathrop

Thank you to all the families who got into the festive Irish spirit and participated in the scavenger hunt. We feel luckier than a four-leaf clover to have such amazing people living in our community! If you’re curious to learn more about the fun lifestyle you can enjoy living at our Lathrop community, visit our website.