About our School

Tomás Rivera Elementary School opened as RUSD’s 26th elementary school on September 7, 1995 and is the first Riverside school to be named after a citizen of Riverside. Tomás Rivera was born in Crystal City, South Texas on December 22, 1935. As a prolific writer of Spanish literature, many of his writings document the experiences that he underwent and witnessed while traveling with his family as a migrant farm worker. He received a degree in English, taught in high school and received a Ph.D. in Romance Literatures. Additionally, he was Executive Vice President of the University of Texas, El Paso, as well as Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside (UCR). He served as UCR's Chancellor for 5 years until his death on May 16, 1984.

Rivera Mascot: Coyote • School Colors: Teal & Black • School Motto: Committed to Excellence ~ Educating Tomorrow's Leaders Today!

Instructional Programs: Regular Education programs include the following: Rivera serves students in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade on a traditional calendar school schedule. Special Education programs/services include the following: Non-Severely Handicapped Special Day Classes(NSH/SDC) for preschool students and Kindergarten, First and Second Grade NSH/SDC classes as well• A Resource Specialist Program (RSP): Students who quality for this program receive instruction according to their IEP goals. • Speech and Language: Students with IEP goals for speech and language receive therapy from a certified Speech and Language Pathologist. Other Programs and Services:
• Fall Intervention: During the months of October, November and December Rivera holds an after-school intervention program for at-risk students in grades 2-6. The classes meet on Monday and Thursday from 2:30-3:30. The number of students per class is limited to 8 so that teachers can provide targeted instruction for their students.
• ELD (English Language Development: Students identified as English Learners receive 30 minutes of English Language Development instruction by their classroom teacher.
• GATE Clusters: Students identified as eligible for a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program are clustered by grade level in classrooms where instruction is delivered by a teacher who holds a GATE certificate.
• Library: Students visit Rivera’s library once per week or whenever they need to take AR quizzes or conduct research. Rivera’s library is open during school hours and is open for 30 minutes after school on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Parents are encouraged to visit our library and may check out books for their personal use as well.
• Math Olympiads: This after-school program is for 5th and 6th grade students who demonstrate proficient and advanced math ability. The program is facilitated by two sixth grade teachers for students who have been referred by their classroom teacher.
• Before and After School Child Care: Champions offers before and after school child care for Rivera students. For information regarding hours and fees, please call 951.653.9477.
• Community Partnerships: Rivera is fortunate to have formed partnerships with the following business organizations: Albertsons, Target, Chili's, Carl's Jr. 
• School Awards and Honors: • California Distinguished School in 2006, California Distinguished School Honorable Mention in 2004. PTA Awards: 2008/2009 Early Bird and Chairman's Club Award, 2009/2010 Early Bird and Chairman's Club Award Academic Performance Index (API). Rivera was one of the first schools in Riverside Unified School District to reach the 800 mark on the California Academic Performance Index (API) which is the goal set by the state for schools to achieve. With a current API score of 875, Rivera has been one of the top ranking schools in the Riverside Unified School district since it opened. For past and current information on our API history, visit the California Department of Education website at:

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