In an extraordinary act of cooperation and visionary planning for the good of ALL the students in River Islands, the Banta Elementary School District (BESD) board of directors have voted unanimously to approve a new charter organization, “River Islands Academies”.

River Islands has in its vision a number of campuses for students from kindergarten through high school.

River Islands plans to build seven schools within its community, a decision that will greatly accommodate families by eliminating the stress of a long commute, and providing our youngest residents with the full capacity to thrive close to home.

Today, high school students attend classes within the Tracy Unified School District and two charter K-8 schools are open onsite. Each facility offers innovative curriculums to encourage and prepare students for success inside the classroom and beyond.

Virtual Classrooms

River Islands Technology Academy

The River Islands Technology Academy is a tuition-free independent charter school established in 2013 to provide students from kindergarten through 8th grade with a specialized, technology-based curriculum and hands-on learning opportunities. Our administrators, teaching staff, parent volunteers and Board of Trustees are dedicated to the mission of providing every student with a safe and supportive environment that promotes character-building and academic achievement. We provide EVERY student with an iPad or Chromebook for in-class instruction and homework—a one-to-one ratio—and introduce students to a technology-enriched approach to learning. Ask any student about our motto and you will hear: We are College Bound!



A Place Where Students Discover, Design, Invent, Engineer, and Innovate From Pre-K to 8th grade, your kids can discover their passions through the rigorous core curriculum of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. The NextGeneration STEAM Academy is a public charter school sponsored by the Banta Elementary School District located onsite at the River Islands Community, providing limitless educational opportunities through engaging, project-based learning.


Delta College

Delta College is the area’s community college, offering classes on site and online.


University of California, Merced

The University of California Merced, the newest campus in the UC system, has both undergraduate and graduate programs available.


California State University, Stanislaus

California State University Stanislaus hosts evening classes for college credits or personal enrichment.


University of the Pacific

The prestigious University of the Pacific, a four year private college, also offers specialized graduate programs in law, dentistry, health sciences, engineering, business administration, music, biological science and communication, to name a few.



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