“River Islands Academies” is a new charter organization under the Banta Unified School District whose aim is to educate all students through a high-performing academic program. It will provide a unified approach for students to receive a quality education with plentiful opportunities to experience and explore numerous career pathways in technology.
Under this organization, there are currently two K – 8th grade campuses: River Islands Technology Academy and STEAM Academy. A third K – 8th campus is presently underway with a projected opening in August 2022, called EPIC Academy. River Islands residents, residents of the Banta Unified School district and students already enrolled in the Academies have top priority in attending the charter schools at River Islands.
A separate part of the EPIC Academy campus has been set aside for students of the Ninth Grade Academy, opening in August 2022. This will allow the students graduating from River Islands Technology Academy and Next Generation STEAM Academy an uninterrupted academic and social experience while construction continues at the permanent high school site.
Current high school students attend classes within the Tracy Unified School District, with busing to West High School available from within River Islands, as our own high school undergoes construction. Once River Islands High School opens, it will operate as part of the River Islands Academies. Our goal is for 9th and 10th grade facilities to be open by August 2023 as it is intended to grow with the first graduating class.
Envisioned as a place where students thrive within academic and athletic programs, River Islands High School will provide the education to lead towards a high school diploma as well as career pathways for students considering college majors and those who want a career path outside of college. Ideas for programs include engineering, architecture, communications, computer technology, arts, sciences, healthcare and more.
River Islands plans to build seven schools within the community, a decision that will greatly accommodate families by providing a seamless, quality academic experience from kindergarten through high school. The master plan map, now approved by the City of Lathrop, calls for six K – 8 schools, all within a walking distance to each neighborhood and one centrally-located high school. All schools will share the same curriculum, teaching standard, culture and goals to prepare students for college and beyond.
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