Riverbend High School

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Riverbend High School
Riverbend High School is located in Northern Virginia
Riverbend High School
Riverbend High School
Riverbend High School is located in Virginia
Riverbend High School
Riverbend High School
Riverbend High School is located in the US
Riverbend High School
Riverbend High School
12301 Spotswood Furnace Road
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407
United States
Coordinates 37°17′42.5″N 77°34′31.7″W / 37.295139°N 77.575472°W / 37.295139; -77.575472Coordinates: 37°17′42.5″N 77°34′31.7″W / 37.295139°N 77.575472°W / 37.295139; -77.575472
Type Public High School
Established 2004
School district Spotsylvania County Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Scott Baker
CEEB code 470 887
Principal Dr. Troy Wright
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1738 (Fall 2013)
Language English
Color(s)           Blue and Green
Athletics conference Virginia High School League
AAA Northwest Region
AAA Commonwealth District
Conference 4
Mascot Bear
Feeder schools Chancellor Middle School, Freedom Middle School, and Ni River Middle School

Riverbend High School is a public secondary school located in Spotsylvania, Virginia, and is part of Spotsylvania County Public Schools. Opened in 2004, Riverbend is Spotsylvania County's newest high school. The school mascot is a Bear and the school colors are royal blue and Emerald green. The high school has an enrollment of around 2,000 students in grades 9-12. Riverbend offers a wide variety of academic, career and technical courses as well as specialized programs to meet student needs.


Academic Rigor and Course Selection[edit]

Students at Riverbend High School are encouraged to select courses that will provide them with an intellectual challenge and will prepare them for future educational and career pursuits. The Four-Year Educational Plan is developed in 8th grade and reviewed yearly with the student and parent during the annual scheduling conference conducted by the counselor.

Course Load[edit]

Students are considered full-time when scheduled into classes that total at least five units of credit. Any exceptions must be approved by the superintendent of schools. Students must have already passed all the Standards of Learning (SOL) End of Course tests required for their diploma option before the principal will recommend early release unless the student is involved in Cooperative Education classes.

High School Courses Taken in Middle School[edit]

Middle school students that have successfully completed a high school credit course, will have the credit earned apply to satisfy both credit and course requirements of graduation. The grades earned are included when calculating the student’s grade point average. Immediately following the completion of the course, parents have the opportunity to request that the credit and grade be removed from the permanent record for a high school course taken during the middle school years.

Advanced Placement Program[edit]

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program gives students the opportunity to pursue college-level studies while still at Riverbend. Upon completion of the courses, students may receive advanced placement and/or credit when entering college. Academically oriented students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Advanced Placement Program. Students may take these courses at high school or through the Virtual Advanced Placement School. Advanced Placement (AP) courses follow the suggested College Board course curriculum and serve to prepare students for the AP examinations in May. AP Courses listed below are offered based on enrollment. Grades earned carry weighted credit in the GPA calculation:

AP English Literature/Composition AP English Language/Composition AP World History
AP European History AP US History AP US Government
AP Latin AP French AP Spanish
AP German AP Computer Science Psychology
AP Studio Art AP Music Theory AP Statistics
AP Calculus AP Biology AP Chemistry
AP Human Geography

Dual Enrollment Courses[edit]

Through an agreement with Germanna Community College, Spotsylvania County offers dual enrollment courses that meet both high school and college course requirements as well as providing the student with the opportunity to earn college credit. Students take these courses at the high school campus. Grades earned in Dual Enrollment courses carry weighted credit in GPA calculations.

Commonwealth Governor’s School[edit]

The Commonwealth Governor's School is a half-day academic year governor’s school that provides gifted and highly motivated high school students from Spotsylvania, Stafford, and King George counties with a challenging, differentiated, and interdisciplinary program in science, mathematics, social sciences and English. Courses taken at CGS are identified on the transcript and weighted if AP or Dual Enrollment courses. Riverbend High School hosts one of the six CGS sites.

Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center[edit]

Although many career and technical courses are offered at each high school, students may elect to participate in the programs offered at the Career and Technical Center that are divided into two areas. The Trade/Technical and the Health/Medical/Protective Services. Each course is a four period block program usually offered in a two year sequence beginning in the junior year. Students attend academic courses at their base school while enrolled at the CTC.


Riverbend High School is part of the AAA Commonwealth District and offers volleyball, boys and girls tennis, lacrosse, cross country, boys and girls soccer, field hockey, cheerleading, football, golf, boys and girls basketball, wrestling, swimming, baseball, softball, and spring track and field. To be eligible to participate in sports, a student must pass five subjects taken for credit each semester. In addition, the student must pass five subjects each marking period, two of which must be with a grade of “C” or better. Virginia High School League regulations also apply.

The girls soccer team defeated Courtland 2–0 for the 2007 AA VHSL state title and was ranked in the top 20 in the country.[citation needed]

Riverbend High School was home to Billy Harris, a three time Free Lance-Star tennis player of the year. He won 4 district titles (3 AA and 1 AAA). He is widely regarded as the greatest tennis player to ever play in the Battlefield and Commonwealth district.[citation needed]

Marching Band[edit]

Known as the Emerald Sound Marching Band, the band's first marching season was in 2004.

The band has performed in numerous competitions over the years. In 2008, they received a superior rating at the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association State Marching Festival. In 2010, the band came home the USSBA State Championship winner.
In 2016, they got a new band director and having their show be "The Future is Now". They went to James Madison University Parade of Champions and got 4th place in Class 2A. With this show, they also got First Place Drumline twice in two competitions throughout the 2016 season.
The band has performed at the James Madison University, Parade of Champions and other competitions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. They were selected to perform as a part of Magic Music Days at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Each year, the Emerald Sound Marching Band performs with the four other Spotsylvania County marching bands in the Spotsylvania and Fredericksburg Christmas parades.[1]

List of Shows:

Year Show Title Songs
2004 Part of Your World/Beauty & the Beast, Zip-A-De-Do-Dah, Night on Bald Mountain
2005 Night of Jazz The First Circle,
2006 Viva Las Vegas Lucky being a Lady, Rich Girl, Volare/Viva Las Vegas
2007 Fireworks El Toro Caliente, The Inferno, Fire of Eternal Glory, Music from Backdraft
2008 Around the Riverbend Down to the River of Dreams (Down to the River to Pray & River of Dreams), Shenandoah, Riverdance finale
2009 Tango! Music of Astor Piazolla, La Muerte de Angel, Oblivion, Piazolla Closer
2010 Jekyll and Hyde Facade, New Life, Murder Murder, Confrontation
2011 Firebird Suite Firebird Suite
2012 Night Watch Three Movements Arr. Aaron Noe
2013 The Dark Side of Oz Breathe, Brain Damage
2014 Stonehenge Samhain, Oimelc/Beltane, Lughnasadh
2015 Planetary Collisions Red Planet Mash-Up, Lullaby of Jupiter, Cosmic Finale
2016 The Future is Now Sprach Zarathustra, Back to the Future, Oblivion, Star Trek

Clubs and Organizations[edit]

The following clubs and organizations are available for all students. Some of the organizations, notably the Honor societies, etc. require nomination and election:

  • ALAS: Association of Latin and American Students
  • Anime Club
  • Art Honor Soc./Arts Benefitting the Community
  • Barbershop/Beautyshop Quartets
  • Battle of the Brains Academic Team
  • Chess Club
  • Contrabassoon Ensemble
  • DECA (marketing)
  • Drama Club and International Thespian Society
  • Duck Squad
  • Ecology & Environmental Science Club
  • English Honor Society
  • Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Film Club
  • FITT Cub
  • French Club/Honor Society
  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • Future Farmers of America
  • German Club
  • Guitar Club
  • History Club
  • iGNiTE
  • Indoor Drumline
  • Interpretive Dance Team
  • Interact Club
  • James Farmer Scholars
  • Kazoo Quartet
  • Latin Club/Honor Society/Certamen
  • Library Club
  • Literary Magazine
  • Mu Alpha Theta
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper Club
  • Photography Club
  • RHS Programming Team
  • RHS Steppers (Code Blue)
  • RHS Ukulele Club
  • SADD
  • SCA
  • Spanish Club
  • Spanish Honor Society
  • Technology Student Association
  • Ukulele Club
  • Vignette
  • WRHS News
  • Yearbook (class)

External links[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About". Riverbend High School Bands. Riverbend Bands. Retrieved 2 October 2011.