Principal's Message

  Trisha Smith
Welcome to American River Collegiate Academy, home of the Otters! 
Our campus is a safe place where learning is fun, inspiring, and engaging for all! We teach students through the Core Knowledge curriculum where children become confident in their academic and personal skills through creative, investigative, and rigorous instruction! Our highly qualified staff ensure that our students are well supported when learning and that they are able to feel empowered by the skills they have been taught. As a Core Knowledge school, we work to prepare all students for learning at high levels from Kindergarten through 12th grade. We provide music and art instruction starting in Kindergarten to enhance the student experience and to develop all areas of their developing minds. By providing specific curriculum and support, we work as a school community to provide wraparound services for all students so they are able to succeed.  We believe this support coupled with a varied and meaningful education cultivates lifelong learners as they navigate through higher education, interact with our greater community, and as a citizen of our world.
We value personal growth at our academy!  Our character education program is based around the 8 Keys of Excellence and our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program builds independence and confidence in our students. Both programs help students to develop healthy and positive character traits for themselves and the opportunity to model great character to those around them. Each member of our school community shares the belief in our expectations that all are respectful, responsible, safe, and resourceful. Through these actions, we RISE as Otters! Our students apply the skills learned to their daily experiences whether at school or at home.  Additionally, we let our students have a voice in their education and become advocates for their own learning.
American River Collegiate Academy is a high-quality school building a foundation of solidarity between students, parents, staff, and our local community. Through our comprehensive curriculum, our balanced education, and engaging learning opportunities, our students excel for years to come!  You have come to the right place where children strive in a positive, supportive environment. It is going to be an amazing year at American River Collegiate Academy. Go Otters!
Ms. Trisha Smith