Archbishop Riordan High School is committed to 21st Century Learning with a host of challenging innovations and a call to embracing Common Core standards, exploring alternative instruction and assessment, and rising above expectations of typical high schools across the nation. Our dedicated, knowledgeable, and compassionate faculty and our cutting-edge 1:1 iPad/iTunes U program meet our students where they are while remaining closer than ever to our Marianist heritage: education for adaptation and change while remaining grounded in faith, service, and family spirit.

At Riordan’s core is a rigorous and challenging curriculum which blends a classic liberal education with the skills and knowledge needed to navigate contemporary times. Students are trained to think critically, express themselves clearly, and identify overlapping themes among disciplines. Each course identifies the essential questions of each field, emphasizing an inquiry-based approach to subjects, and is designed to hone the elemental academic skills in each student. Students take a hands-on, active approach to their education so that they can apply what they learn to real-life situations.

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 Program
Archbishop Riordan offers 14 Advanced Placement courses to qualified students in the sophomore, junior and senior years. In addition to offering more challenging and faster-paced curriculum, these courses culminate in May of each school year with the AP exam, which if completed successfully, confer advanced standing and actual credit toward a baccalaureate degree at over 1,500 colleges and universities.

The following Advanced Placement courses are offered:
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Chemistry
AP Economics
AP English Literature and Composition
AP English Language
AP Environmental Science
AP European History
AP Physics C
AP Spanish Language
AP Statistics
AP U.S. Government & Politics
AP U.S. History
AP World History

Students wishing to take AP exams for subjects not offered by Archbishop Riordan during the school year are accommodated. AP exams previously proctored at Archbishop Riordan include AP Italian Language and Culture, AP Japanese Language and Culture, AP Music Theory, and AP Psychology.

2016-17 Course Offerings
Download the 2016-17 Course Offerings catalogue

Digital Arts

Digital Video Art
Digital Media
Advanced Multimedia Communications
Computer Programming

English

Introduction to Literature and Composition
Introduction to Literature and Composition Honors
World Literature/Composition
World Literature/Composition Honors
American Literature/Composition
AP English Language and Composition
Senior Literature and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
Journalism

Mathematics

Algebra IA
Algebra IB
Algebra I
Modern Geometry
Algebra II
Algebra II/Trigonometry
Math Analysis
Pre-Calculus
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
Trigonometry
Statistics
AP Statistics

Modern Languages

ASL I
ASL II
ASL III
ASL IV
Mandarin I
Mandarin II
Mandarin III
Mandarin IV
AP Chinese Language and Culture*
Spanish I
Spanish II
Spanish III
Spanish IV
AP Spanish Language
*Offered in Fall 2017

Physical Education

Physical Education 9
Athletic P.E.

Science

Conceptual Physics
Biology
Anatomy & Physiology
Chemistry
Physics
AP Environmental Science
AP Chemistry
AP Physics C: Mechanics

Social Science

Early World History
Human Geography and Ethnic Studies
AP European History Modern World History
AP World History United States History
AP United States History Economics
AP Economics, Macro and Micro
U.S. Government
AP U.S. Government and Politics

Theology

Hebrew Scriptures / Intro to Marianist Education
Scriptures & Sacraments
Life Issues
World Religions / Christian Lifestyles
Catholic History

Visual and Performing Arts

Instrumental Music Ensemble
Intermediate Band
Concert Band
Jazz Band
Introduction to Acting
Art I and II
Art III and IV
Art V – Portfolio Development
Technical Theatre/Stagecraft

Non A-G Electives

Frosh Skills
Graphic Design I
Web Design

Enrichment Courses

Advanced Journalism
Applied Entrepreneurship
Dance
Fab Lab
Leadership
Life Skills
Literary Magazine
Outdoor Education
Robotics
Speech and Debate
Sports Psychology

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