Riverside High School

Riverside HS Counseling  

6 months ago

  Hello and welcome to the Riverside High School Counseling Center!

Supporting students is our top priority! This covers a broad range of topics and may include personal matters, achieving academic success, planning for future high school coursework, job or scholarship searches and applications, and planning for life after high school. Our goal is to provide students a space to learn about themselves and to be able to manage or resolve challenging situations and improve their circumstances. 

The transition into young adulthood is exciting and sometimes intimidating. We are here to help students wherever they may be in their personal journey.

If you are a college/university admissions advisor, please scroll to the bottom of this website for our school profile information. Thank you for considering Riverside High School students for your institution. 

Proactive and Responsive Counselors

Calvin Bruce - 509-464-8560 -
Chrystal Gaunt -

Graduation Requirements

As a student at RHS you MUST complete 30 hours of community service in order to graduate. These hours need to be independently logged and submitted to your Xello profile.

  • Help make our community a better place
  • Create a sense of unity and care
  • Can influence your future career choices
  • Good experience you can refer to when trying to get a job or write college admissions essays
Need ideas of where to volunteer? Search using these websites:

Class of 2022 and Beyond

24 Credits Required to Graduate

Meet Graduation Pathway Requirement 
- Passing English and Math SBA or Equivalent
- Completing College in the High School or AP courses in English and Math 
- Successfully completing 2.0 credits of consecutive CTE pathway courses

All RHS Students

30 hours of Community Service

Complete the High School and Beyond Plan

Testing Dates & Info

SAT Testing

Riverside High School will offer the SAT "school day test" in both fall and spring semesters.

Email me for details -

Register for a Saturday test and another testing location by accessing -
Test Fees*
- SAT                              $46

- SAT with Essay          $60

- SAT Subject Tests     Varies

See the SAT & ACT registration websites for :
Registration Details
Practice Tests
Test Day Expectations and What to Bring
Accessing Scores and Scoring Details

ACT Testing

Riverside does not host the ACT, but some four year colleges and universities may provide scholarships for exceptional scores. 
Register for the ACT by accessing -

Smarter Balanced Assessment

For more information please go to the Counseling Center
*If you cannot afford the test fee, ask your counselor about requesting a fee waiver

Social-Emotional Supports

  Spokane County Crisis Intervention and   
       Community Information Services 

  First Call For Help  
                 24 HOURS A DAY 

          Toll Free 1-877-266-1818

Scholarship List

For a list of possible opportunities for scholarships

Connect your interests with career possibilities.

Ready Set Grad

For students 6th - college & parents. What you need to know & do to go to college.

For college and career exploration, financial aid info, and college application tips

College Board

For more info on PSAT, SAT, ACT, & AP Testing

SAT prep course as well as support in many subjects and grade levels - all FREE!

Riverside High School School Profile 2021-2022

There are 427 Students enrolled at Riverside High School serving students in grades 9-12.

Dual Enrollment - 2020

38.1 % of students completed at least one course for Dual Credit at Riverside High School in the 2019-2020 school year. 

Dual Credit

There are 21 subjects in which students can earn dual credit for a total of 116 post-secondary credits. 
Riverside High School students have access to 5 AP courses. 
- English Language, English Literature, AP US History, AP Government and Politics, AP Calculus

Graduating class of 2021 

There are 97 students in the graduating class of 2021

FAFSA Completion

Historically, approximately 50% of students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Grading Scale

A 4.0 - 3.7

A- 3.6 - 3.4

B+ 3.3 - 3.1

B 3.0 - 2.8

B- 2.7 - 2.4

C+ 2.3 - 2.1

C 2.0 - 1.8

C- 1.7 - 1.4

D+ 1.3 - 1.2

D 1.2 - 1.0

F 0.9 - 0.0

Community Service Hour Requirement  

While community service is usually a graduation requirement for Riverside High School Students, this will not be the case for the graduating class of 2022. Students who are able are strongly encouraged to gain 30 or more hours of community service experience. 

Running Start Partners

Contact your counselors for more information. 

Riverside High School

FAQs About Financial Aid

24 days ago

Financial Aid Frequently Asked Questions


Applying for financial aid is a very important part of preparing for life after high school. Even if a student plans to take a year off or move directly into the world of work, completing the FAFSA/WASFA is a great way to ensure there is a backup plan. Especially in the current culture of uncertainty surrounding how we “do” life right now.

That being said, we recognize that the processes of applying and accepting financial aid can be overwhelming and you may have many questions surrounding the process. We created this document to support you and your students in your decision making regarding your student’s High School and Beyond Plan and their transition into life after high school.

Do I fill out the FAFSA or WASFA?

The FAFSA is for US citizens or eligible non-citizen applying for financial aid. There are many eligible noncitizens who qualify for financial aid. To see if you qualify please visit: Financial Aid Eligibility

The WASFA is for Washington State students who do not qualify for FAFSA aid due to immigration status. The WASFA allows a schools/colleges financial aid office to offer Washington State Financial Aid to students who meet DACA standards.


Should I wait until I’m accepted to a college before filling out the FAFSA/WASFA?

The earlier you complete the FAFSA the better because aid is provided in a first come-first serve manner. You do not need to be enrolled or even sure of which trade, community or university you are going to attend, but you can list up to 10 colleges!

Do my parents make too much money to apply for financial aid?

The Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and Cost of Attendance) (COA) are the determining factors for financial aid assistance. This means that the only way to know if you qualify is to fill out the FAFSA and include the schools/colleges you are interested in attending.

What if I am offered or accept a financial aid package, but decide not to attend?

Before you begin classes you can call the financial aid office and let them know you will not be attending and they will cancel your financial aid package.


How is financial aid calculated?

A few weeks after filing your FAFSA, you’ll receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). The report will display your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This is the amount of money the federal government believes your family can pay towards your college education. This is based on the information you include on your FAFSA form. Your SAR is also sent to the colleges you list on your FAFSA form. Colleges use your EFC amount to figure out how much aid to offer you. They will use the EFC Formula to calculate your financial need.

The formula: Cost of Attendance (COA) minus Expected Family Contribution (EFC) equals financial need.


Is there an application fee for applying for the FAFSA/WASFA?

No. This is a free application.


Does the FAFSA/WASFA require a credit check?



How long does it take to complete the FAFSA/WASFA?

Once you have gotten all the needed information together, the process of completing the FAFSA takes about 30 minutes.


What documents do I need to fill out the FAFSA/WASFA?

This is the information you’ll need to provide about yourself:

     your Social Security Number (Alien Registration Number if you’re an eligible non-citizen)

     your driver’s license if you have one, or another state-issued ID

     your federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned for 2 years prior

     your current bank statements and investment records

     records of untaxed income for 2 years prior

FAFSA/WASFA Document Checklist


You’ll need to get the following information from your parent(s):

     parents’ Social Security Numbers

     parents’ federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned for 2 years prior

     parents’ current bank statements

     parents’ business, farm, and investment records

     parents’ records of untaxed income for 2 years prior

FAFSA/WASFA Document Checklist


Does providing parental tax information make the parents a co-lender or liable for the school loans?

No. The parental information is used only to determine the need of the applicant. 


Does each college know that I am applying to other colleges?

A college will only know that you applied for financial aid when they receive your SAR. They will not receive any other details from your FAFSA. Each college will calculate your financial aid for their school only. You will receive a financial aid offer from each college that you include on the FAFSA and apply to.


If I add more than one college will it decrease my chance of getting financial aid?

No because the Student Aid Report (SAR) is calculated based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and each college will determine your financial aid package based on the formula noted above. Because Cost of Attendance (COA) is different at each college, each financial package will look different.


Do I have to accept or use all of the financial aid that is offered to me?

You are allowed to accept or decline any or all parts of the financial aid package offered to you.


What is the difference between a grant and a loan?

A grant is money that you do not have to pay back when you complete your degree.

A loan is money that you do have to pay back when you have completed your loan. A loan will carry an interest rate also. This will vary depending on type of loan and the current interest rate.


Can I still apply for scholarships if I am approved for financial aid?

Yes! The scholarships will be applied to your COA first and the financial aid will be used toward any balance remaining.


What can financial aid be used for?

Financial aid will be paid directly to the school/college you are attending. They will pay all tuition, fees, and fines on your account and then distribute the remaining balance to the loan holder. This can then be used for books, transportation, food, shelter, etc.


When do I have to start repaying my loans?

For most federal student loan types, after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment, you have a six-month grace period (sometimes nine months for Perkins Loans) before you must begin making payments. This grace period gives you time to get financially settled and to select your repayment plan.


Where do I find the FAFSA application?

FAFSA Application


Where do I find the WASFA application?

 WASFA Application

Some schools and states have limited funds so don’t wait.

Resources: Federal Student Aid. Retrieved from


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Riverside School District

Riverside School District Highly Capable Services

4 years ago


Riverside School District is committed to identifying and providing for the intellectual,  social, and emotional needs of our highly capable students by providing meaningful and challenging educational experiences and preparing them academically for college and career readiness.


Program Goals

Identified highly capable students will receive accelerated and enhanced learning opportunities to advance academic achievement and growth through a menu of options. Services will be designed to address the unique learning needs of each student and therefore, may vary from one student to the next.

Who is a Highly Capable Student?

Per WAC 392-170-035, highly capable students are defined as those who perform or show potential for performing at significantly advanced academic levels when compared with others of their age, experiences or environments. Outstanding abilities are seen within the student’s general intellectual aptitudes, specific academic abilities and/or creative productivities within a specific domain. These students are present not only in the general populace, but are present within all protected classes.

As outlined in WAC 392-170-036, students who are highly capable may possess, but are not limited to, these learning characteristics:

  • Capacity to learn with unusual depth of understanding, to retain what has been learned and to transfer learning to new situations

  • Capacity and willingness to deal with increasing levels of abstraction and complexity earlier than their chronological peers

  • Creative ability to make unusual connections among ideas and concepts

  • Ability to learn quickly in their areas of intellectual strength

  • Capacity for intense concentration and/or focus


According to Washington state law, gifted education is part of basic education. This means that every day in the general education classroom is the most important place for gifted education. Just like all the other students, highly capable children should be appropriately challenged and show growth. The students’ needs will be met with challenging and enriching learning experiences through differentiated instruction in the classroom. Services will be designed to address the unique learning needs of each student and therefore, may vary from one student to the next. Additionally, third through sixth grade students will attend the S.O.A.R. Program (pull-out enrichment classes) weekly.


Annual Notification

Annual public notification of parents and students shall be made before any major identification activity in multiple ways including our district website, highly capable website, and school newsletters. 

Timeline of Referrals and Testing

September - Full-battery CogAT for new students who have been referred (1st grade and up). 

October - Full-battery CogAT for any kindergarten students who have been referred. Gifted Advisory Board meets to look at CogAT scores, referrals, other test scores, etc. to determine which students qualify.

January & February - Referral window open. Annual notifications will go in school newsletters and on school websites.

March - All 2nd graders take the CogAT Screener

April and May - Full-battery CogAT for any 2nd graders who scored 85th percentile or above on the screener and for students K-11 who were referred in January or February, during the referral window.

May - Gifted Advisory Board meets to look at CogAT scores, referrals, other test scores, etc. to determine which students qualify for the following school year.


New/Transfer Students 

Out-of-district transfer students that have qualified in that district’s highly capable program are not automatically enrolled. Test scores and placement letters from the other district may be used as long as they meet our placement criteria. Students may need to re-test in Riverside. New students or transfer students need to be processed for identification within three months of enrollment.