Riverside Secondary School (British Columbia)

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Riverside Secondary School
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2215 Reeve Street
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, V3C 6K8
Coordinates 49°15′22″N 122°47′21″W / 49.25611°N 122.78917°W / 49.25611; -122.78917Coordinates: 49°15′22″N 122°47′21″W / 49.25611°N 122.78917°W / 49.25611; -122.78917
School type Public Secondary
Founded 1996
School district School District 43 Coquitlam
Principal Anthony Ciolfitto
Staff 120
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 1345 (2014/2015)
Campus Suburban
Colour(s)      Blue
Slogan Expanding the Horizons of Opportunity
Mascot Rapids
Last updated: August 5, 2015

Riverside Secondary School is a public coeducational secondary school located in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. It enrolls approximately 1300 students from grades 9 to 12.[1]

General information[edit]

Riverside lies on the south side of Port Coquitlam, the location of which was formerly grassland. Established in 1996, the school colours are forest green, teal blue, white, and black. Its mascot is called the Rapids, and its logo was designed in 1996. The school has five portables as of 2002 to the present date.

Riverside Secondary school offers AP programs in Physics B, Chemistry, and Psychology. Qualified Calculus 12 students may also write the AP Calculus AB in May. In addition to Advanced Placement, Riverside offers honours version courses in English 10–12, Mathematics 9–12, and a Science 9/10 accelerated course. There is also a science co-op class offered to grade 11 and 12.

Its Student Council is elected by the students, with four representatives in Grades 9–11 and five representatives in Grade 12, and is sponsored by social studies teacher Mr. Ben Lepore.

In addition, Riverside Secondary offers a variety of clubs, sports teams, and volunteering opportunities to their students, which participate in many provincial and community events. Riverside Secondary School also offers superb theatrical performances every year which have garnered awards both regionally and provincially for over the past decade.[citation needed]

In 2013, Riverside embarked on its 1:1 initiative asking every grade 9 student to bring a tablet or laptop to use at school for his or her learning. This BYOD program, plus the emphasis on students building a digital portfolio, is part of Riverside's goal to develop digital citizens prepared for the 21st Century.

In 2014, Riverside welcomed former Tech-ed teacher Craig Reitchel back as the new Vice-Principal, replacing Mr. Steve Roos, who went on to become the new Principal at Pitt River Middle School. It was also announced later in November that Vice-Principal Randy Manhas would be leaving Riverside to join the SD43 board office. His successor is Pitt River Middle School's Pam Becker. As of January 1st, 2015, Riverside employs 120 staff members.

The Eddy[edit]

Riverside's newspaper, The Eddy, is run by English teacher Mrs. Kathy Shong. In 2013, the newspaper began to publish their content online and stopped printing physical papers. As part of Riverside's 1:1 initiative, an online newscast (The EddyCast) was launched. After 2 years, the EddyCast was renamed and relaunched as "Rapid Fire".

The Eddy currently has 3 editor in chief's: Justin Smith, Andrew Sahaydak, and Dima Siblani.

Riverside App[edit]

The Riverside Rapids App is designed to help students with all aspects of attending Riverside Secondary School. A full feature list can be found below. The app is currently available on the Google Play Store. An iOS version will be available soon.


  • Daily Announcements
  • School Calendar
  • Up-to-date Bell Schedule (with advisory schedule, extended advisory schedule, special schedules etc.)
  • Bell Schedule shows Day 1 or Day 2
  • Connect to your teachers' SharePoint sites for easy, integrated access to their announcement lists/documents/calendars*
  • Enter your courses, their blocks, teacher emails etc.
  • Enter your homework, set reminders and keep track of what you've completed with the built-in Homework Manager
  • School Publications (download/view published documents)
  • Map of the School (upper and lower floors, zoom in on a specific area)
  • Push Notifications from the school
  • Caches the announcements, calendar and bell schedule offline
  • Optimized layout for tablets

Notable Alumni[edit]

Name Year Graduated Occupation
Tyler Shaw 2011 Singer/Songwriter


  1. ^ "Student Statistics - 2014/15" (PDF). BC Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-08-05. 

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