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 9 mobile carts that each hold 20-30 Chromebooks. Students also have access to a Apple Mac and HP computer lab making RSHS a 1:1 technology school. Ruben Salazar also has 4 Promethean Boards and Google Classroom is the school's digital learning platform.
RSHS is committed to ensuring that all students succeed and upon graduation are college and career ready. As a result, RSHS provides flexible schedules and offers a wide range of academic and elective courses. Students eligible to receive special education services are supported by the school’s resource teacher. The school also offers Apex online courses, which provide students a method to recover credits. Students may also earn credits through work experience and community service programs.
RSHS works in collaboration with Rio Hondo College and Tri-Cities ROP to offer onsite college and vocational courses during and after school. Rio Hondo representatives conduct lunchtime workshops that provide students with post-graduation information and resources. Rio Hondo also offers two courses on-campus, which students can enroll in concurrently for elective credit.
RSHS has a student government class that sponsors many on-campus activities to create a sense of community. The school also participates in Character Counts, Olweus Bully Prevention and Safe Dates. RSHS works closely with the Rotary Club, Soroptimist, Woman's Club and other local organizations to offer students volunteer opportunities. RSHS also works in partnership with local business to provide additional resources to improve the instructional program.
Additionally, RSHS has a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team whose goal is to provide behavior supports to assist students to achieve social, emotional and academic success. The RSHS ASB selects a spokesperson and alternate to present school news and other relevant information at the ERUSD Board of Education meetings.