Riverside Unified School District

Riverside STEM Academy 

5th - 8th Grades

4466 Mt. Vernon Avenue Riverside, Ca 92507

Riverside STEM Academy Lottery - NOW AVAILABLE!

CLICK HERE for 5-8th Grade Waitlists  2023-2024 School Year*   Updated 2/27/23

Only the lottery numbers will be posted, so PLEASE RETAIN THIS EMAILED LETTER WITH YOUR LOTTERY NUMBER FOR FUTURE REFERENCE. It is the parent’s responsibility to check the website for lottery results. 

Welcome to the Application Site for 

Riverside Unified School District's 

Immersive STEM Program 

Application window for 2023-2024 school year for STEM Middle School is now closed

By Mid January, Lottery numbers will be emailed and mailed via USPS to applicants who applied by January 6, 2023. 

*If you do not receive your lottery number by Friday, January 20th, please contact:

Anamarie Whitehead, STEM Registrar at aayala@riversideunified.org.

Looking to Apply to Riverside STEM High School (9th-12th)? CLICK HERE

View dozens of Frequently Asked Questions

and Answers 

STEM Promo 2022-2023

Mr. Jeremy Standerfer, Principal, 5th-12th

Thank you for joining us for our virtual Q & A Sessions

They were held:

Monday, November 7, 2022 - complete

Wednesday, November 9, 2022- complete

Thursday, December 1, 2022- complete

*Special Note to Out-of-District 5th or 6th Grade Applicants (Updated 09/15/22)

We are unable to accept applications for the 5th or 6th grade from families residing outside of RUSD boundaries. 

At the October 7, 2021 Riverside Unified School District board meeting, it was unanimously decided that there would be no allocation of spots at Riverside STEM Academy for students residing outside of RUSD boundaries beginning with the 2022-23 5th grade and going forward for the following school years.  

Please note, that as a family living outside of RUSD, you may still request a transfer to other programs that RUSD offers during Open Enrollment.  Please refer to the RUSD Transfers page for more information.

No podemos aceptar solicitudes para el 5º grado o 6 grado de familias que residen fuera de los límites de RUSD.

En la junta directiva del 7 de octubre de 2021 del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Riverside, se decidió por unanimidad que no habrá asignación de plazas de 5º grado en la Academia STEM de Riverside para estudiantes que vivan fuera de los límites de RUSD. Esta decisión incluye a los estudiantes que actualmente están en una escuela de RUSD en una transferencia, incluyendo las transferencias del Distrito de Elección.

Por favor tome en cuenta que una familia que vive fuera de RUSD, todavía puede solicitar una transferencia a otros programas que RUSD ofrece durante la fecha designada para inscripciones. Por favor, consulte la página de transferencias de RUSD para obtener más información.

Meet Our 5th Grade Team


Tina Juarez

Humanities incorporates Language Arts and History. We analyze texts from many genres and do several novel studies throughout the year. In History we learn about the development of the United States up through the American Revolution. Instead of focusing on names and dates, I ensure students understand the big ideas of that development and the reasons for why things happened. 


Sherron McMane

We use critical thinking to solve both skill-based and higher-level problems. We learn how math applies to the real world through project-based learning. We incorporate the C-STEM curriculum to program robots and to apply the math skills we learn in class. We focus on the fact that everyone can do math, and that math is fun!


Megan Harns

We learn science by doing science!  Doing hands-on investigations and labs, engineering design challenges, and research projects helps us to build our science skills and habits of mind.  We collect, organize, and interpret data to build our analytical skills.  And we read, write, and present to build our communication skills.  Come do science with us at STEM!


Registrar, 5th - 12th Grade