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Graduation Requirements

Riverdale students exceed the Oregon state graduation requirements by 4 credits, in completing the following 28 credit graduation requirements:

   English - 4 credits
   Social Science - 4 credits
   Science - 4 credits
   Mathematics - 4 credits
   Art - 4 credits
   Foreign Language - 2 credits
   Electives - 3.5 credits
   PE - 1 credit
   Health - 1 credit
   Senior Exhibition - .5 credits

Classes are each .5 credits.

Curriculum - Core Classes

ENGLISH: Literacy is developed through an emphasis on reading, writing, and literature analysis. 

MATHEMATICS: Students complete a math sequence that integrates algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability, statistics, discrete math and calculus. Emphasis is placed on mathematical thinking within the context of problem solving. 

SCIENCE: Students complete a science sequence that includes physics, chemistry, ecology and biology, with a Geology course in the senior year. 

SOCIAL SCIENCES: Students complete an integrated social science curriculum that emphasizes 20th century history. U.S. History is included. 

ART: Students are provided with a foundation in the critical, intellectual, and aesthetic skills necessary for the creative process. In addition, students come to understand the historical and cultural contexts in which art is created. Art includes visual art, music, dance, technology and cinema. 

FOREIGN LANGUAGES: French and Spanish are offered in classes for years 1, 2, 3 and 4 - with advanced standing possible.  

ELECTIVES: Elective courses are one, two or three terms, and available to all students. Examples of electives include Band, Choir, Computer Art, Drama, Advanced Experimental Science, Leadership, Movement, Mock Trial, Newspaper and Yearbook Publishing. 

SENIOR EXHIBITION: This capstone project combines research, writing and presentation skills with experiential learning. This year-long project results in a comprehensive thesis and oral presentation to the community.

Valedictorian & Salutatorian Selection

  • For each graduating class, Riverdale High School honors outstanding scholars in five categories: Valedictory Scholars, Salutatory Scholars, 4.0 GPA, National Honor Society Scholars and Service Learning Hours Recognition.