Academics

Riordan delivers a path to success for all learners.

Archbishop Riordan High School is committed to 21st century learning—leading curricular innovation, embracing Common Core standards, and exploring alternative instruction and assessment. Our dedicated, knowledgeable, and compassionate faculty meets our students where they are, supporting them to individual excellence.

At Riordan, I have found a place that enables me to do my best. The teachers and my Crusader brothers have motivated me to do bigger things than anything I imagined.

EJ Odocayen '20


Rigorous Curriculum

At Riordan’s core is a rigorous academic program, which prepares all students to be college ready. Though a diversity of learning styles exists, with the right motivation and support, every young man has the tools to be successful in the next phase of their education.


 


Focus on Boys

Riordan unapologetically caters to the educational needs of boys. The research is clear—boys learn differently and develop at different times. Riordan focuses on the specific needs of boys, nurturing their academic confidence. Our faculty understands the social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual demands of young men navigating the high school years.


Support

Students can receive multiple levels of support from the school community. This includes dedicated office hours with faculty, peer tutoring opportunities, and general encouragement to seek the academic help they need.

UC Eligibility and City College Access

A Riordan student’s academic course load will not merely fulfill University of California and California State University requirements, it will exceed them, allowing more time for additional electives. Students also have the option to take university-level courses at City College of San Francisco, located directly across the street from Riordan’s Campus.


AP Courses

Riordan offers 16 Advanced Placement courses to qualified sophomore, junior, and senior students. In addition to offering more challenging and faster-paced curriculum, these courses culminate with the AP exam in May, which if completed successfully, confers advanced standing and actual credit toward a baccalaureate degree at over 1,500 colleges and universities.

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Chinese
  • AP Computer Science
  • AP Economics
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP English Language
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics C
  • AP Spanish Language
  • AP Statistics
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP World History
Student Using an iPad

Technology

The objectives of technology at Riordan are simple: support enhanced learning opportunities for students and produce good digital citizens equipped to navigate the rapidly evolving technological landscape.

It is critical that students leave Riordan not only with an understanding of how technical elements, but also how technology can positively and negatively impact the world around us.

Teacher with Students in Classroom