Riverside STEM Academy 5th - 8th

Riverside Unified School District

Welcome to the Application Site for Riverside Unified School District's

Immersive STEM Program at the Riverside STEM Academy!

About the Riverside STEM Academy Lottery

Mr. Jeremy Standerfer Principal

Join a Virtual Q & A Session

Monday, November 15, 2021

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Meetings will be

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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The Application: - November 1st 2021 - January 7th 2022

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*Special Note to Out-of-District 5th Grade Applicants (Updated 11/17/21)

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

At the October 7, 2021 Riverside Unified School District board meeting, it was unanimously decided that for the 2022-23 school year, there would be no allocation of 5th grade spots at Riverside STEM Academy for students who live outside of RUSD boundaries. This decision includes students currently in an RUSD school on a transfer, including District of Choice transfers.

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 aceptamos solicitudes para el 5º grado de las 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 para el próximo año escolar 2022-23 no se asignarán espacios de 5º grado en la Academia STEM de Riverside a los estudiantes que viven fuera de los límites de RUSD. Esta decisión incluye a los estudiantes que actualmente están en una escuela RUSD en una transferencia, incluyendo traslados de 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.

  • Criteria for acceptance and registration information is covered in the Frequently Asked Questions. Please review this document as it provides updated information.

Los criterios para la aceptación y la información de inscripción esta cubierta en Preguntas Frecuentes. Por favor revise este documento, ya que proporciona información actualizada.

  • Please note: There will be 105 seats open for incoming 5th grade students. Currently there are no openings for grades 6th-8th. But, if you would like to get your child’s name on the waiting list, this is the only opportunity to apply and be added to this list. Also, the waitlist ends after 8th grade - those students who are currently on our 8th grade waitlist must reapply for the high school program.

Por favor tome en cuenta: Habrá 105 espacios disponibles para alumnos en el 5º grado. Actualmente no hay espacios disponibles en los grados 6º a 8º. Pero, si usted quiere que el nombre de su hijo esté en la lista de espera, esta es la única oportunidad para entregar una solicitud y ser incluido en esta lista de espera. La lista de espera termina después del 8o grado - los estudiantes que actualmente están en la lista de espera para el 8o grado deben entregar una aplicación para la Secundaria STEM si gustan ser considerados para admisión.

  • The application to the Riverside STEM Academy MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE PARENT/GUARDIAN. If two parents have educational rights, both parents must be listed on the application. The deadline to submit an application online is Friday, January 7, 2022 at 3:00 PM. Only ONE application per student. Duplicates will be removed.

Esta solicitud para la Academia Riverside STEM DEBE SER COMPLETADA POR EL PADRE/TUTOR. Si dos padres tienen derechos educativos, ambos padres deben estar en la solicitud. La fecha límite para presentar la solicitud en línea es el viernes, 7 de Enero, 2022, a las 3:00 PM. Solo UNA aplicación por alumno. Se eliminarán las aplicaciones duplicadas.

Middle School 5th - 8th Grade

Meet Our 5th Grade Team


Diane McMorris

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!


Nora Unrath, Registrar 5th - 12th Grade

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