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American River Collegiate Academy

          Sylvan Oaks Library           Sylvan Oaks Library
          6700 Auburn Blvd.
          Citrus Heights, CA 95621
          6700 Auburn Blvd.
          Citrus Heights, CA 95621
          Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020
          6:00 - 7:00pm
          Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020
          6:00 - 7:00pm
American River Collegiate Academy Information Page

Citrus Heights is the location for the new American River Collegiate Academy (ARCA) opening in Fall, 2020. This new public charter school is the newest member of the Rocklin Academy Family of Schools, and will replicate the successful program offered at Rocklin Academy and Western Sierra Collegiate Academy, which are located in Rocklin, CA.

This page is designed to keep those parents and community members who are interested in keeping up on the progress of the school, informational meetings, school board meetings and enrollment lottery updates.

About American River Collegiate Academy

In the fall of 2020, ARCA will welcome its first students into kindergarten through second grade classes. Each subsequent year the school will be adding additional grades until it ultimately is offering classes from K-12th grade.


Rocklin Academy was the first public school in the greater Sacramento area to offer the nationally recognized Core Knowledge curriculum which will be taught at ARCA. A Core Knowledge education is built upon a detailed outline of specific content to be taught in language arts, history, geography, mathematics, science and the fine arts. As the core of a school’s curriculum, it provides a solid, coherent foundation for learning; it is also flexible to meet local needs.

Core Knowledge exceeds the expectations of the California State Standards, setting students up to be successful in high school and beyond. The Core Knowledge curriculum is the result of research into the content and structure of the highest performing elementary school systems around the world. Specific content includes language arts, world history and geography, visual art, music, mathematics and science. More information about Core Knowledge is available at the Core Knowledge website www.coreknowledge.org.


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 Niche.com
What is a public charter school?

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 www.ccsa.org.


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 starting January 17, 2020 (one application per child). The deadline to submit an application will be February 29, 2020 to be included in the public lottery.

Be notified of updates to this page when new information is posted.

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