Mission Statement
Archbishop Riordan High School, an Archdiocesan Catholic High School in the Marianist tradition, prepares young men for leadership and lifelong success through its college preparatory curriculum, its co-curricular opportunities, its emphasis on formation in faith, and its dedication to community service and justice. In an atmosphere of diversity and a strong family environment, Archbishop Riordan fosters development in faith, character, academics, technology, athletics, and the arts.

Archbishop Riordan High School is a Catholic high school for boys, owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco and sponsored by the Society of Mary (Marianists), in collaboration with dedicated lay men and women. Archbishop Riordan reflects the cultural heritage of the ethnic groups of the City of San Francisco and its adjacent communities.

Archbishop Riordan is dedicated to providing an environment that both challenges and nurtures its students during their high school years. The school offers a college preparatory curriculum that respects the integrity of each individual as a unique human being and is committed to admitting students of varying abilities. In the spirit of a Marianist education, Archbishop Riordan High School is an academic institution that:

  • Promotes each student’s personal growth and development in the intellectual, spiritual, social and physical aspects of life.
    Provides an integral, quality education by engaging its students in the process of their education.
  • Seeks to create a family environment that fosters relationships and a brotherhood among students characterized by Marianist traits of openness, respect, integrity, hospitality, friendship and graciousness.
  • Establishes collaborative structures empowering various constituencies of the school community to work together.
  • Seeks to prepare students to positively impact the world.

The school community embraces diversity and educates students in the Marianist tradition of service, justice and peace, encouraging them to reflect and act upon societal injustices. Based on Gospel values, Church teachings and our Marianist tradition, students are encouraged to be active participants in personal and social change.

Archbishop Riordan High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA). The school is also a member of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS).

Non-Discriminatory Policy as to Students
Archbishop Riordan High School, mindful of its mission to be witness to the love of Christ for all, admits student of any race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or make available to students at this school. Archbishop Riordan High School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age, gender or disability in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.