Academics

The success of the RBS academic program is reflected in the fact that an average of 98% of our graduating seniors have been accepted into postsecondary education. Honors and Advance Placement Courses are offered to academically qualified students. Over 50% of the student body maintains a 3.0 GPA. Average SAT I Revised College entrance scores range in the 1500s. The science laboratory is equipped with gas burners, “college level” bi-occular microscopes and a modulated laser. The computer laboratory has 24+ computers with Windows 7, Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office 365.

Athletics

  • Boys: Football, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Track, and Tennis
  • Girls: Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Cheerleading, Softball, and Track

Riverdale Baptist School has established a strong tradition of winning championships. RBS has won the National Championship in Soccer for the American Association of Christian Schools, placed first and second in a national soccer tournament and first in the girls’ basketball national tournament in Dayton, TN. Also, the girls’ volleyball team has placed first in the National Christian Athletic Association Tournament. The RBS high school baseball team is regularly ranked No. 1 in Prince George’s County.

For more information on athletic programs and facilities, please visit the Athletics Section.

The Arts

  • Music: Band and choir provide instruction, performance and competition opportunities.
  • Drama: Full-length dramatic productions are performed annually.
  • Visual Arts: Art courses are available.
  • Yearbook: Awarded first place or a Gold Medalist Award with Columbia Yearbook National Competitions on a regular basis.

Accreditation

RBS high school has a dual accreditation through Middle States Association of School and Colleges and the Association of Christian Schools International.

Added Value

Lifetime friendships are formed through student body activities. Teammates and classmates often bond into lifelong relationships. A vital part of student life is the Student Government. Students learn leadership techniques that prepare them to be leaders of tomorrow. Other leadership opportunities are afforded through special classes and student body organizations.

  • Special Art and Science Fairs, along with the state and national fine arts competition, offer the students a wide range of activities to consider.
  • Caring teachers are the heart of RBS. All faculty are professionally prepared, love their students and teach in their field of expertise. Teachers make extra time available to help, nurture and encourage their students.
  • Spiritual development is a vital part of the RBS experience. The focus is on daily Bible classes, weekly chapels and the example of a godly faculty and staff. All of these contribute to helping the student develop godly moral values and a Christian world view.

Course Selection Information

Correct course selection is the basis for a successful school year, graduation in the diploma program of  choice and adequate preparation for college. Each student should choose one of the diploma programs at the beginning of the freshman year. Students who demonstrate academic promise prior to their freshman year are encouraged to pursue either the academic track or the honors track of the College Preparatory Diploma Program. Because of the requirements of the College Preparatory Diploma program, it may not be possible for a student to change to this program after the sophomore year.

Diploma Programs

College Preparatory (26 credits): This diploma is designed for students who need an academically challenging curriculum in preparation for postsecondary education. Students may choose courses from either the academic or honors tracks. Both tracks are challenging, and the students who successfully complete them will be scholastically ready for the demands of college. The GPA for Honors and Advanced Placement courses is weighted, providing students the opportunity to increase their grade point average.

General (24 credits): This diploma program is designed to give students an educational experience that is challenging and which will help them meet requirements for admission to 4-year colleges if they select their courses with college admission requirements in mind. This diploma does not require foreign languages, SAT prep or introduction to psychology.

Community Service: 100 hours required at graduation.  

College Preparatory

This is the recommended schedule of core and elective courses per year for students to satisfy the requirements of a College Preparatory Diploma.

FRESHMEN

SOPHOMORES

JUNIORS

SENIORS

Core Courses

Bible

Bible

Bible

Bible/Adv Bible

English/Honors

English/Honors

Am. Lit.& Comp./Honors

British Lit.& Comp./AP English

World History†

Geometry/Honors

U.S.History/Honors

American Govt.

Algebra 1

Algebra 2 /TrigHonors

Trigonometry

Math Analysis
(Pre-Calculus) 

Geometry/Honors

Biology/Honors

Math Analysis
Honors

AP Calculus

Conc Physics/Honors

Chemistry

 

AP Chemistry***

Electives

Art 1

Art 1, 2

Art 1, 2

Art 1, 2

Band 

Band 

Band 

Band 

PE/Health Nutrition‡

Life Skills/Per. Finance

Life Skills/Per. Finance

Life Skills/Per. Finance

Choir      

Choir      

Choir      

Choir      

Computer Tech‡

Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts

Spanish 1

PE/Health/Nutrition

PE/Health/Nutrition

PE/Health/Nutrition

French 1 

Yearbook

Yearbook

Creative Writing

Economics

Desktop Pub 1

Yearbook Honors

Desktop Pub 1

 

Photoshop

Office/Teacher Aides**

Photoshop

 

Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Off/Teacher Aide**

 

Algebra 2

Desktop Pub

Yearbook

 

Spanish 1,2

Photoshop

Yearbook Honors

 

French 1

Economics

Economics

 

Economics

Male Strength & Condition

Male Strength & Condition

 

 

Alg2/Trig Honors

AP Physics

 

 

Algebra 2

AP Chemistry

 

 

SATPrep/Intro to Psych‡†

Anatomy/Phys Honors

 

 

Speech/Debate‡

Trigonometry

 

 

Spanish 3 Honors

Spanish 3 Honors

 

 

 

Speech/Debate‡†

**Juniors and seniors only with approval
***Class will be offered if enrollment warrants.
World History may be taken in 9th or 10th grades; Speech/Debate may be taken in 11th or 12th grades.
Required electives under this program.

Honors classes require a “B” or better in both semesters in the same subject area the previous year.

General Education

 This is the recommended schedule of core and elective courses per year for the General Diploma.

FRESHMEN

SOPHOMORES

JUNIORS

SENIORS

Core Courses

Bible

Bible

Bible

Bible/Adv Bible

English

English

Am. Lit.& Comp.

British Lit.& Comp.

World History†

World History†

U.S.History

American Govt.

Algebra 1/Geometry

Alg2/Geometry

Chemistry

Math Analysis (Pre-Calculus) 

Conc Physics

Biology

Algebra 2/Trigonometry

Trigonometry/Math Analysis

Electives

Art 1

Art 1, 2

Art 1, 2

Art 1, 2

Band 

Band 

Band 

Band 

PE/Health Nutrition‡

Life Skills/Per. Finance

Life Skills/Per. Finance

Life Skills/Per. Finance

Choir      

Choir      

Choir      

Choir      

Computer Tech‡

Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts

Spanish 1

PE/Health/Nutrition

PE/Health/Nutrition

PE/Health/Nutrition

Economics

Yearbook

Yearbook

Creative Writing

 

Desktop Pub 1

Yearbook Honors

Desktop Pub 1

 

Photoshop

Office/Teacher Aides**

PhotoShop

 

Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Off/Teacher Aide**

 

 

Desktop Pub

Yearbook

 

Spanish 1

Photoshop

Yearbook Honors

 

French 1

Economics

Economics

 

Economics

Male Strength & Condition

Male Strength & Condition

 

 

French 1

Spanish 3 Honors

 

 

Intro to Psych‡†

Speech/Debate‡†

 

 

SAT Prep

 

 

 

Speech/Debate‡

 

 

 

Spanish 2

 

 * Please Note: Electives listed for all diplomas are available based on a minimum number of students requesting specific electives.

**  Juniors and seniors only with approval  ***Class will be offered if enough students sign up.

† World History: may take in 9th or 10th grades; Speech/Debate: may take in 11th or 12th grades.

‡  Required electives under this program.

Honors classes require a “B” or better in both semesters in  the same subject area the previous year