An­other great year for Golden Val­ley USD

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Real Estate -

The 2,000-acre mas­ter-planned com­mu­nity of River­stone of­fers to­day’s home buy­ers many ways to “grow a great fam­ily” — in­clud­ing an award­win­ning school district. River­stone be­longs to Golden Val­ley Uni­fied, one

of the high­est per­form­ing school dis­tricts in the Cen­tral Val­ley. Com­pris­ing nine schools serv­ing nearly 2,000 stu­dents, Golden Val­ley USD main­tains an ex­cep­tional stu­dent-teacher ra­tio of 24:1, and was named a Sil­ver Award re­cip­i­ent for Best High Schools from U.S. News & World Re­port.

“We couldn’t be more for­tu­nate to have such an ex­traor­di­nary team of teach­ers, coaches and ad­min­is­tra­tive staff com­mit­ted to aca­demic and ath­letic ex­cel­lence,” said River­stone’s Tim Jones. “For us, the top-notch ed­u­ca­tion that Golden Val­ley pro­vides in a safe, col­lab­o­ra­tive and nur­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ment is ab­so­lutely cru­cial in mak­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact in the lives of our com­mu­nity’s youth.”

The district’s Lib­erty High School, named a Cal­i­for­nia Dis­tin­guished School for 2009, boasts a grad­u­a­tion rate of 96.18%, which is the high­est grad­u­a­tion rate in the re­gion. For Lib­erty High’s 2019 Grad­u­at­ing class, a to­tal of 134 se­niors grad­u­ated in­clud­ing 18 Vale­dic­to­ri­ans (stu­dents with a to­tal weighted GPA of 4.0 or higher), and one Salu­ta­to­rian—the stu­dent with the next high­est GPA. In ad­di­tion, there were 22 Honor Medal re­cip­i­ents.

Lib­erty High’s 2019 Grad­u­at­ing Se­niors will soon be pur­su­ing a wide range of higher ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties, from four-year uni­ver­si­ties and com­mu­nity col­leges to mil­i­tary and tech­ni­cal schools.

Not to be out­done by aca­demics alone, Lib­erty High School is also rec­og­nized for its strong ath­let­ics pro­gram. Dur­ing the 2018-19 school year, Lib­erty High teams won mul­ti­ple league cham­pi­onships in Var­sity Foot­ball, Wrestling, Soft­ball, Girls Soc­cer and more—and the Girls Cross Coun­try, Boys Base­ball and Boys Bas­ket­ball teams all won Di­vi­sion V CIF Sec­tion Cham­pi­onships.

Lib­erty High’s mis­sion is to pro­vide a rig­or­ous and rel­e­vant ed­u­ca­tion that prepares all stu­dents for post-grad­u­a­tion goals, em­pow­er­ing them to be­come pro­duc­tive cit­i­zens. Help­ing to achieve this goal are Lib­erty’s 12 AP Classes: AP English Lan­guage, English Lit­er­a­ture, AP Euro­pean His­tory, AP US His­tory, AP Gov­ern­ment, AP Physics, AP Biology, AP Com­puter Sci­ence, AP Cal­cu­lus AB & BC, AP Sem­i­nar and AP Re­search (2020-2021 School Year).

Plans are be­ing fi­nal­ized for fu­ture ex­pan­sion of Agri­cul­ture and Ca­reer Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties with the con­struc­tion of a state-of-theart Lib­erty High School En­gi­neer­ing, Agri-Sci­ence and Farm­ing Academy (LEAF). Fea­tur­ing an­i­mal pens, barns and an an­i­mal show pavil­ion, the fa­cil­ity will sup­port planned ca­reer path­ways in Agri­cul­ture, Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Manufactur­ing and Prod­uct De­vel­op­ment.

Also at Lib­erty High School are a num­ber of clubs of­fer­ing stu­dents a wide range of valu­able ex­pe­ri­ences. Stu­dent mem­bers of the Key Club, for in­stance, participat­ed in build­ing floats for the 2018 Rose Bowl Parade, and the Mul­ti­cul­tural Club cel­e­brated Black His­tory by tour­ing the African Amer­i­can His­tor­i­cal and Cul­tural Mu­seum of San Joaquin Val­ley.

The opportunit­y for a Golden Val­ley USD ed­u­ca­tion will soon be avail­able within River­stone’s Lodge District res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood with the ad­di­tion of a brand-new el­e­men­tary school. An­tic­i­pated to open in time for the 2021 school year, the in­no­va­tive cam­pus—which will be within walk­ing and bik­ing dis­tance from River­stone’s new homes—is planned to fea­ture tech-for­ward 21st cen­tury class­rooms, a state-of-the-art Li­brary/ Me­dia Cen­ter, a ded­i­cated mu­sic room, out­door learn­ing spa­ces, a large out­door am­phithe­ater and a dy­namic sports com­plex.

Si­t­u­ated in the heart of the re­gion’s path of growth, River­stone—when com­plete—will to­tal ap­prox­i­mately 6,578 sin­gle-fam­ily, at­tached and multi-fam­ily homes, as well as com­mer­cial and mixed-use space in­clud­ing of­fice, ser­vice and re­tail. Ameni­ties at River­stone are an­tic­i­pated to in­clude walk­a­ble neigh­bor­hoods, parks and open space, mul­ti­ple com­mu­nity club­houses, hik­ing and bik­ing trails, a dog park, a com­mu­nity farm, his­toric olive and cit­rus groves, a sus­tain­able water sup­ply, and on-site schools be­long­ing to the award-winning Golden Val­ley Uni­fied School District.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the new-home com­mu­nity of River­stone and its col­lec­tions of new homes from Bonadelle Neigh­bor­hoods, D.R. Hor­ton, Len­nar and Wa­then Cas­tanos Homes, home­buy­ers are en­cour­aged to visit the com­mu­nity’s web­site at www.River­ and add their name to the In­ter­est List.

Lib­erty High School’s base­ball team—the Lib­erty Hawks— cel­e­brated its Di­vi­sion V Sec­tion Cham­pi­onship this spring.

Also cel­e­brat­ing its Di­vi­sion V Sec­tion Cham­pi­onship for 2018 is Lib­erty High School’s Girls cross- coun­try team.

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