Rubidoux Early College High School (RECHS)

Rubidoux Early College High School is designed on the small-school model, and is a grades 9-12 clustering of students within the larger comprehensive Rubidoux High School.  RECHS was established in fall 2006 as a partnership between the Jurupa Unified School District and the Riverside Community College District and  was originally funded by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation.  Early College High School students begin their college coursework in their junior year and complete their high school diploma while earning college credit at the same time.  College credit earned is transferable toward a Bachelor’s degree.

 

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF RUBIDOUX EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL?

To create a small high school cohort group that includes:

  • A supportive environment that encourages underrepresented groups and first-generation students to attend and succeed in college
  • A rigorous 9-12 program that specializes in preparing students for college and the world of work through innovative teaching and learning strategies
  • A professional learning community that emphasizes a collaborative approach among high school and college teachers and students


WHAT ARE THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF RECHS?

  • To provide students the opportunity to succeed in challenging high school and college course work
  • To empower students to play an active role in developing their educational and career goals
  • To provide experiences and projects that are stimulating and interesting to students and relate to their lives and the changing world
  • To provide a learning environment where students learn to find their voice and participate in decision making and critical thinking


WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND RECHS?

  • Personalized Learning Plans
  • Be better prepared and get a head start on college
  • Receive high school and college credit at the same time
  • Finish transfer and general education college courses sooner
  • Students complete volunteer hours and some initiate formal internships
  • This program is like a scholarship that students must earn and maintain because college fees and textbooks are provided. 
  • Attend college field trips
  • Be a part of an exciting academic team and participate in team building activities
  • Students continuing with Riverside City College post-graduation have a higher registration priority day than newly enrolling students


WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

  • High school and college classes taught on the same campus
  • Academically challenging high school and college classes
  • Classes with innovative teaching approaches
  • Peer and faculty mentoring
  • Supportive services available at Rubidoux Annex
  • Student-initiated and other volunteer opportunities
  • Frequent interaction and progress reports from college and high school faculty


WHAT IS THE ROLE OF RECHS PARENTS?

  • Support your student by encouraging him/her to attend school regularly and complete assignments at the highest level of his/her ability
  • Take an interest in your student’s activities at school
  • Talk to your student about his/her career and educational progress and goals
  • Stay in contact with RECHS teachers via provided email and proactive in initiating contact via email with questions or concerns
  • Monitor progress reports sent every three weeks


HOW DO I ENROLL?

Enrollment opportunities are determined by a prescreening process based on a set of strict criteria that include grade point average, tests, behavior, attendance and willingness to become part of a prescribed academic cohort group

Eligible students are sent an application to begin the enrollment process each spring. If your student is accepted into the RECHS program, parents are required to attend an orientation and students are enrolled on a probationary status for the first two years in the program.  If you have any other questions, call the RECHS office at Rubidoux High School at 951 222-7720 Extension 2071.

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