Welcome to River Ridge High School!

  • River Ridge High School Front view from the parking lot.

    Welcome to River Ridge High School! We opened in 1993 and are a comprehensive high school that serves 9th through 12th grade in Olympia and Lacey, Washington.

    Our Mission: We are a diverse and accepting learning community dedicated to success through academics, student involvement, leadership, and pride.

    Characterized by:

    • Student Achievement aligned to Common Core State Standards and 21st-Century Skills.
    • The Hawk Way: Respectful, Responsible, Honorable, Successful
    • A rich variety of co-curricular activities
    • Lifelong learning with a global perspective

Unique things we do at River Ridge

    • New STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Program
    • UW in the High School: Students can earn college and high school credit while enrolled in our pre-calculus class.
    • AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) program, a college and career readiness program
    • Advanced Placement programs offering rigorous coursework
    • Excellent elective programs in the Visual and Performing Arts, Career and Technical Ed, World Languages, and Health and Fitness.
    • CORE/Flex: Academic intervention and support within the school day for all students
    • Intervention courses to support students struggling in English, math or science
    • After school math and science tutorial program staffed with a certificated teacher, paraeducator, and peer tutors
    • Taiko Drumming Ensemble
    • Partnership with St. Martin’s University’s teacher education program in working with their students from their practicum through student teaching experience, to include partners in our AVID tutorial

Current Goals

  • Academic Gap Goal:

    • By June 22, 2023, the passing rates for Native and Hispanic students will increase by 20%.
      • Native students from 40% to 60%
      • Hispanic students from 60% to 80%

    Behavior Gap Goal:

    • By June 22, 2023, the percentage of regular-attending Native Students will increase by 20% from 0% to 20%.

    Download the whole School Improvement Plan >> (PDF) Updated spring 2023

AESD Accredited!

  • We are AESD (Association of Educational Service Districts) Accredited 2017-2023

Partners in Education

Survey Results

  • River Ridge values the strong support of our families, alumni, and community. Volunteer opportunities include mentoring, tutoring, participating in events and field trips, helping in the classroom, and more. 

Community Feedback



  • To view Enrollment Statistics, Demographics, and State Test Scores, view the Washington OSPI Report Card.

River Ridge's Building History

  • River Ridge High School was built in 1993 on 41.4 acres. It is located at 350 River Ridge Drive SE in Lacey. In 2002-2003, miscellaneous HVAC upgrades were completed. Pool mechanical upgrades (HVAC, boiler, and controls) were upgraded in 2004. Interior upgrades were completed in 2011. 

    Separate administration areas in four buildings were consolidated into one administration building, and classrooms were added, creating a more efficient use of space. The gym floor was refinished, and the hawk at the center court was newly hand-painted by a local artist. Energy-efficient lighting upgrades and selective boiler replacement were also completed utilizing state energy grant funds. The 176,222 square foot building, including 80 instructional spaces plus 3 portable classrooms, serves 9-12 grade. 

    In 2022, a full modernization project was begun to be completed by 2027.