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What’s Proposed: A Local Collaboration at UCR

The proposed RUSD STEM High School is envisioned to be a place where students will focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), where they learn to grow into careers in these fields. This focus will meet the needs of generations to come.

This proposed school facility is envisioned to be a three-story, state- of-the-art facility with approximately 30 classrooms, commons, labs, parking, a kitchen, and outdoor learning spaces. It is proposed to accommodate approximately 800 students. First day of classes is anticipated to begin fall of 2024.

Project Roles

The project is based on an innovative partnership between RUSD and UCR. The roles of the project are:

  • The District is the project developer with project approval over programming, funding and operations. 
  • UCR is the property owner and has approval over use of the land and its Board of Regents is the approving entity for the environmental review as such.
  • The City of Riverside has offsite improvement oversight, which requires RUSD to obtain development permits to build the project.

Project Phases 

Before the first class starts, the project has several phases, all of which are open and public processes where opportunities for community engagement and information will be continually pursued and provided. These phases are:

  • Initial evaluation and due diligence on proposed site
  • Formal environmental review
  • Local and state agency approvals
  • Board of Regents approval
  • Board of Education approval
  • Bidding and construction
  • Enrollment process

Similar Partnership Examples

Although this proposed STEM High School is a first-of-a-kind project locally for a public high school on a university campus, it is following other successful examples of school district/university partnerships nationwide. Example collaborations from California for both public and private schools include:  

  • International Polytechnic High School at Cal Poly Pomona 
  • California Academy of Mathematics and Science at Cal State Dominguez Hills 
  • The Preuss School at UC San Diego 
  • University High School at Cal State Fresno 
  • Geffen Academy at UCLA

Example Partnerships

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