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Student in Mandarin Immersion Class at Orion
Twin Kindergarten Students at Orion
School Garden At Orion Alternative
Kinder Student at Orion Alternative
3rd Grade Mandarin Immersion Class at Orion

Our District's Mission

RCSD creates a safe and supportive, inspirational and rigorous, joyful and inclusive environment for all learners

Meet Orion Alternatrive

The Orion program is a parent-participation model, for parents who want to be actively involved in their child’s education. Parents agree to participate in classroom or school activities, parent education, and school leadership activities during the year.

Our School Garden

Our school garden provides students with a hands-on experience that complements classroom curriculum. Students learn how to plan their own garden, compost, and grow their own food. In the process, they also learn how to be stewards for their environment and community.

Meet Our Mandarin Immersion Program

Our Mandarin Immersion program not only provides a rigorous and innovative educational curriculum, but also prepares our students to be future 21st century leaders and the opportunity to learn one of the world’s most prevalent spoken languages.

Double the Fun! Orion Alternative Teacher Gets Unique Experience Teaching Two Sets of Kindergarten Twins

Surrounded by papier-mache trees and dinosaur decals, immersed in her world of crayons, color markers, K’nex construction toys and cartoon characters, Teacher Rachel Gordon hopes at the end of the day to have made a difference in the lives of these children she so admires for their unique outlook on the world.

Innovation and Creativity Earns Popular Language Program Countywide Recognition

The Mandarin Immersion Program, which has seen an explosion of 36% growth in enrollment this year, was recently recognized for its strides in innovation and creativity with the Russell J. Kent Award from San Mateo County School Boards Association. 

Author and Illustrator Fair

Parents and teachers collaborate to bring this vibrant event to the student body and larger neighborhood community each year. Participation and involvement from everyone is at the heart of making the Orion Author and Illustrator Fair such a success, while growing students’ passion for books and illustration.

Our Stories and Initiatives

Our District By the Numbers

25:1

kindergarten student to teacher ratio

35

different languages are spoken at home by our students and their families in our district including Arabic, Mandarin, Polish, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, and Vietnamese

7,200

healthy and nutritious breakfasts and lunches served every school day in our district

870,000

square feet of space are maintained by RCSD custodians and groundskeepers throughout our district