Ruben Salazar High School is the continuation high school for the El Rancho Unified School District and proudly serves 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 2015. In 2012 and 2016, RSHS was recognized as a Model Continuation High School. Model continuation school is the highest accolade a continuation school can receive.
Salazar High School enrollment is comprised of approximately 200 11th and 12th grade 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 98% Hispanic, 1.5% White and .5% African American. The majority of students are socio-economically disadvantaged. 17% of students enrolled at Ruben Salazar are English learners. RSHS follows a traditional school calendar aligned with the school district calendar.
RSHS is on a trimester system which allows students the opportunity to earn credits at a faster pace than the traditional semester system. Salazar High School has 10 general education teachers,1 special education teacher (RSP) and 2 instructional aides. Administrative and support staff include one principal, one full-time counselor, 1 mental health counselor, a school psychologist, a secretary and a clerk. RSHS is committed to using technology to engage students and improve the instructional program. The school has 6 mobile carts that each hold 30 Chromebooks or HP Streams. Students also have access to a media center and computer lab making RSHS a 1:1 technology school. Ruben Salazar also has 2 Promethean Boards and Google Classroom is the school's online learning platform.
RSHS is committed to ensuring that all students succeed and as a result provides flexible schedules and offers a wide range of academic and elective courses. The school also offers online courses through APEX Learning. This provides students an additional method to recover credits. Students may also earn credits through work experience and community service programs. RSHS works in collaboration with Rio Hondo College, a local community college. Rio Hondo representatives conduct lunchtime workshops that provide students with postgraduation information and resources. Rio Hondo also offers courses on campus which students can enroll in and earn high school and college credit concurrently. RSHS has a student government class which sponsors many on-campus activities to create a sense of community. The school also participates in Character Counts, Olweus Bully Prevention, Safe Dates. RSHS also has a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team whose goal is provide behavior supports in order to assist students achieve social, emotional and academic success.