River Islands plans to build nine schools within its community.  

Today, two charter K-8 schools are open onsite.  High school students attend classes within the Tracy Unified School District.

The River Islands Technology Academy is a tuition-free independent charter school established in 2013 to provide students from kindergarten through 8th grade with a specialized, technology-based curriculum and hands-on learning opportunities.

Our administrators, teaching staff, parent volunteers and Board of Trustees are dedicated to the mission of providing every student with a safe and supportive environment that promotes character-building and academic achievement.  We provide EVERY student with an iPad or Chromebook for in-class instruction and homework—a one-to-one ratio—and introduce students to a technology-enriched approach to learning.

Ask any student about our motto and you will hear:

We are College Bound!
“Of the six million students in California, your achievements put you at the top. You are awesome.”

Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent Of Public Instruction

"It's an exciting adventure to create a school where all students have an opportunity to be successful as they expand their boundaries."

Brenda ScholL, Principal

"We are all about creating learning experiences that start in the classroom and extend into every child's life."

Amanda Enneking, First Year Teacher

"My child had such a hard time finding his learning he looks forward to coming to school everyday, because learning is an adventure."

River Islands Parent

Clubs & ACtivities

  • Scarecrow contest
  • Day at the Farm
  • Talent Show
  • Art Fair
  • Science and Technology Night
  • Spaghetti Dinner (Boosters)
  • Multi-Cultural Event (Boosters)
  • Meet the Teacher Night
  • Music Concert
  • Music for all students one time per week (K-2 percussion, 3-5 Keyboarding, 6-8 Guitar)
  • Hour of Code
  • Pennies for Patients
  • Movie Nights
Field Trips
  • Each grade level selects a location to take their students.
  • 5th Grade attends Camp Sea Lab in Aptos - 3 days
  • 6th Grade attends Camp Arroyo in Livermore - 4 days
  • Lego Club 1.0 and 2.0 (2 sessions K-3)
  • Running Club
  • Chess Club
  • Science Olympiad Teams (3 Teams 4th-8th Grade)
  • Volleyball (5th-8th)
  • Soccer (5th-8th)
  • Basketball (5th-8th)
  • GECAC after school program and one on one tutoring
  • Monday Tutoring by teachers
Middle School Success Class Options
  • Robotics
  • Fine Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Leadership
  • Sign Language
  • Science and Engineering
  • Life Skills
  • Math and Writing intervention classes

Next Generation Steam Academy

In addition, River Islands is also home to the Banta Elementary School District’s Next Generation STEAM Academy, a charter school for students K-8.
Banta Next Generation Steam Academy website

Colleges & Universities

Graduate studies, lifelong learning and adult education is accessible through the superior schools serving the area.  Delta College is the area’s community college, offering classes on site and online.  The prestigious University of the Pacific, a four year private college, also offers specialized graduate programs in law, dentistry, health sciences, engineering, business administration, music, biological science and communication, to name a few.

California State University Stanislaus hosts evening classes for college credits or personal enrichment.  The University of California Merced, the newest campus in the UC system, has both undergraduate ad graduate programs available.


State Superintendent Tom Torlakson Visits our School

Tom Torlakson is impressed with River Islands Technology Academy. So impressed that the man who oversees 10,000 public schools and the education of 6 million students as California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction made his second visit in three years to the Lathrop charter school. The infusion of cutting edge technology to advance science, technology, engineering, and math education first lured Torlakson to visit in 2013.

River Islands Students Score High in Statewide Tests

Last spring, California held a statewide Assessment of School Performance and Progress testing for grades 3 -8 to ascertain students’ progress “in a more rigorous education regimen associated with the Common Core standards that were adopted in 2010”.

Performance was measured by the percentage of students who exceeded state standards, met state standards, nearly met state standards and did not meet state standards in English and mathematics.