Ruben Salazar High School is the continuation high school for the El Rancho Unified School District and is proud to serve the community of Pico Rivera. RSHS is fully accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Universities (WASC) and was awarded a maximum 6 year accreditation in 2009 and again in 2015. In April 2016, RSHS was awarded again as a Model Continuation High School.
RSHS is comprised of 11th and 12th grade students only and enrollment fluctuates between 200-220 students. El Rancho High School is RSHS' primary feeder school; however, RSHS also admits students from other high schools. The ethnic composition of the community is 97% Hispanic, 2.5% White and .5% African American. RSHS follows a traditional school calendar that provides flexible schedules, offers a full range of academic core subjects, Edge Program for English Learners, OLWEUS (anti-bullying) program, online courses through APEX Learning, "Character Counts" program, work experience, community service hours, and extracurricular activities such as Student Government (ASB), Rotary Interact Club, and Yearbook. Through the "Character Counts" program, students are nominated and classes vote for the female and male student who exemplify the character trait for the particular month.
Salazar has also improved staff development by implementing four staff development days monthly. Each Wednesday is a "modified day" and staff development is conducted during this time. The school culture at RSHS is inclusive and positive. Students, teachers and staff work collaboratively to create a positive and safe learning environment in which all students can thrive. All students regardless of background or educational ability are valued and respected members of the RSHS community. RSHS's various clubs and groups sponsor many activities to foster and encourage participation in the school community i.e. motivational speakers, College and Career Fair, Congressional Art Contest, field trips, and leadership training.