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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 Our Parent Cooperative Program

The parent cooperative program is 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.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)

At Orion Alternative School, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is the integration of computer science and engineering across all content areas such as language arts, science, and social studies. The goal of the program is to prepare students to be complex problem-solvers ready to meet the needs of a rapidly changing 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


kindergarten student to teacher ratio


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


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


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