Principal's Message

  Trisha Smith

Welcome to American River Collegiate Academy! We are so excited that you are here to Be A Part Of It, From The Start Of It! Our new campus is adorable, and we are so excited to introduce our students to Core Knowledge! Together, we are building a school community with a common goal in bringing the absolutely best education and learning environment for our students. To achieve great student success, we have dedicated, passionate and highly-qualified teachers and staff who strive to empower students to excel in education. We focus on rigorous and supportive academic instruction while ensuring the social, emotional and developmental needs of all students.  We believe that all students can learn at high levels. The collaborative work of our staff, parent community, and students highlights the uniqueness of our school.  Our parents are valued members of our school community and together we are proud of cultivating a student body of lifelong learners.


We want our families to feel safe and confident that they are choosing a school that cares for their child’s well-being. We want to provide a safe place for your family and will work to ensure that for all. Also, the heart of our educational program is the Core Knowledge curriculum.  Through rich, targeted, and specific curriculum, our students achieve academic excellence.  Our engaging curriculum encourages critical thinking, problem solving, and builds analytical skills.  Our Core Knowledge curriculum also encompasses all educational core subjects but reaches beyond to include an education in music, poetry, and art.  The arts curriculum connects with the Core Knowledge sequence making the curriculum cohesive across all content areas.  Our students are fortunate to have access to such a rigorous, comprehensive, and balanced education.


American River Collegiate Academy is building a foundation of solidarity between students, parents, and staff and we want you to be a part of it!  At the center of this model are the students.  Our school site offers students the opportunity to build character, develop leadership skills, and become engaged citizens.  We offer activities and opportunities for students to become leaders and to develop their character by learning how to be Respectful, Responsible, Safe and Resourceful members of our school community.


It is going to be an amazing year at American River Collegiate Academy! You have come to the right place where children strive in a positive, supportive environment! Go Otters!


Ms. Trisha Smith