American River Collegiate Academy

Rocklin Academy Family of Schools

New Citrus Heights Campus

Accepting Applications

School Calendar 2020-2021

Citrus Heights families now have an option when deciding on the school they’d like to send their children. Beginning this fall, Rocklin Academy Family of Schools will open the doors to American River Collegiate Academy, a FREE public school serving the Citrus Heights area.

This first year, the school will enroll children from kindergarten through second grade. Each year thereafter, the school will add more grades until it eventually serves K-12th grade. With test scores consistently higher than other school districts in the region, and its nationally recognized Core Knowledge Curriculum, the Rocklin Academy Family of Schools offers an exceptional opportunity to start your children off on the best path for future success.

Apply Now!

If you’re ready to enroll your child for K-2nd grade Fall Semester!

What We Offer

• The nationally recognized Core Knowledge curriculum
• Personalized, individualized instruction
• Talented, dedicated, and highly-qualified teachers and staff
• Instruction in Music and Art
• History and Science instruction to give students a global perspective
• A respectful, supportive environment
• Onsite Before/After School Care

VIRTUAL Information Sessions

Due to COVID-19, we are conducting virtual information sessions via Zoom.  To register or submit a general question, click below:

Thursday, May 28th                        Wednesday, June 3rd

                             9:00 AM & 6:00 PM                                11:00 AM & 4:30 PM                                     

Kindergarten Meet and Greet and Orientation: June 2nd at 4:00 PM

First grade Meet and Greet and Orientation: June 3rd at 4:00 PM


Rocklin Academy has been recognized both locally and nationally.

  • National Blue Ribbon School
  • California Gold Ribbon School
  • Top Rated High School in the Sacramento Region by US News & World Report
  • Voted Best of the Best Elementary School, Best Principal, Best Teacher the last 6+ years
  • #1 Best Charter Elementary School in the Sacramento Area on

From the Principal

Trisha Smith We are about to embark on a truly magnificent opportunity to bring a solid, loving, and engaging educational environment to our community.  I am pleased to introduce myself as the principal of American River Collegiate Academy.  I have been in education for over 20 years. My passion for helping students grow academically and socially will continue to be a priority as our new school begins this August.  Seeing first hand the impact Core Knowledge education has on all students drives my belief that all children should be afforded the opportunity to attend a Rocklin Academy school. Together, we have the opportunity to create a wonderful school community for your child!  

To achieve student success, we have dedicated, passionate, and highly qualified teachers and staff who strive to empower students to excel in education. We focus on rigorous and supportive academic instruction while insuring the social, emotional, and development needs of students are met. Our parents are valued members of our school community, and we look forward to working together to cultivate a student body of lifelong learners. This is your chance to be a part of it from the start of it!

Trisha Smith

What is a public charter school?

kids smiling with iPads Authorized under the charter school act of 1992, public charter schools are free, public schools open to all. Many parents are seeking high quality educational choices for their children. Parents want more individualized attention for students. They want greater participation in their children's education, and they have high expectations of personal behavior. Charter schools offer an important innovation in public education. They are performance-based schools that are free from many of the complex regulations that often constrain innovation in traditional programs. In exchange for substantial freedom in governance, programming, staffing and budgeting, the school is held accountable for student achievement. Find out more at

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The Rocklin Academy Family of Schools (RAFOS) are public schools open to all students, including those from surrounding areas. There are no special eligibility or entrance requirements and no attendance boundaries. Rocklin Academy complies with Title IX and does not, on the basis of gender, exclude any person from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to discrimination under, any education or employment program or activity it operates.  

Application Process

If you are interested in submitting an application to ARCA for the 2020-21 school year, visit Admissions.

Get In Touch

Email or call 916-672-3550.

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