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About River Ridge High School

RRHS Vision, Mission, and Beliefs
Vision: River Ridge High School: Where students and learning come first.
Mission: Building a community of talented, unique, and educated leaders.
Beliefs: River Ridge High School holds six foundational beliefs that form the pillars of our CASTLE.

River Ridge High School

River Ridge High School holds six foundational beliefs that form the pillars of our castle.


Community: We believe that all members of the River Ridge community contribute to the intellectual and social development of all other members.  

Achievement: We seek achievement for all learners, regardless of ability.  

Self-Direction: We aim to create self-directed, lifelong learners.   

Talent Contribution: We seek to develop the unique talents of all students and teachers.  

Leadership: We believe students are capable of leading in all facets of life, both in school and beyond.

Enrichment: We will maximize methods of instruction for optimal learning for all students.

History of the Name and Mascot
The school name was selected with regard to the landmarks located on the property and reflects a historical relationship with the Cherokee Indians in Cherokee County long ago. “River” represents the Little River that borders the school property. This river has a history embedded in Cherokee County and was a source for gold and silver in the area. The word “Ridge” was selected with regard to the high ridge located on the property near the Little River. The two names placed together, River Ridge, became the recommended name of the new high school located on Arnold Mill Road. The school mascot was selected because of the image and reputation of “knights” that denotes chivalry, character and courtesy. In medieval history, the knight was an armed and mounted warrior belonging to the nobility class, essentially a military officer. The committee agreed that teaching the character qualities of a knight would be a great way to emphasize strong leadership skills to the students.

2018-2019 Secondary School Report

 The Cherokee County School District (CCSD) is a high-performing public school system in Metro Atlanta, with 41 schools and centers, 4,800 employees and approximately 42,200 students. CCSD is the ninth-largest school system in Georgia, and is one of only 11 school districts in the Nation to be named an Innovative District for 2018 by The International Center for      Leadership in Education .

               River Ridge High School is located in Woodstock, Georgia, approximately 35 miles north of Atlanta.  River Ridge was  established in 2009, and graduated its first class in 2013.  The graduating class in 2018  was the school’s largest, at 399 students. River Ridge students and teachers have enjoyed numerous successes including raising the graduation rate, raising Act and SAT scores, being named an AP Humanities, AP Merit, AP Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics  and AP STEM         Achievement School in 2018.   River Ridge  has appeared on the Washington Post’s “America’s Most Challenging High Schools list, and is the only Cherokee County school participating in the prestigious Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy.

           Extra-curricular and athletic accomplishments for River Ridge include: the Literary Team and nine athletic teams qualified to represent River Ridge at the state level, including Sweet 16 play for Boys and Girls Tennis and a Final 4 appearance for Baseball.  The Cross-Country, Swimming, Track & Field, and Wrestling  teams produced individual state qualifiers, and Track & Field crowned two Region Champions.

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