About Our School

What is Project Based Learning:

Students learn important content through Project Based Learning by investigating questions, generating original ideas, and working collaboratively to produce products that demonstrate what they have learned. This research-based method of teaching and learning is quickly gaining popularity in schools that are focused on preparing students for future challenges.

Here are a few resources to help you understand why Project Based Learning is gaining momentum as a way to keep students interested and engaged in school while also helping them develop a deeper understanding of important content, along with essential 21st century skills like critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.

Get a quick overview of PBL in this animated video, Project Based Learning: Explained

Listen to students describe how PBL makes a difference in their lives in this video, "It Really, Actually Changed My Life."

River's Edge is one of three high schools in Richland, fully accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission. River's Edge provides opportunities for students to experience success in a classroom setting that offers and promotes positive relationship building between students, staff, parents, and the community.

REHS Vision Statements


  • Students take responsibility for their attendance and learning.
  • Students treat themselves and others with respect and encouragement.
  • Students identify their strengths and weaknesses and advocate for their own success.
  • Students learn to set and evaluate short & long term goals.

Parents and Community

  • REHS creates partnerships with community, businesses, and parents to provide opportunities that support student learning.


  • REHS provides a safe, respectful, and nurturing learning environment that supports student learning.
  • REHS recognizes the value of lower student-teacher ratio necessary to allow for quality education.
  • REHS honors students where they are today.
  • REHS has high expectations for ALL students.
  • REHS addresses social/emotional barriers to learning with a focus on enhancing student strengths.
  • REHS maintains consistent policies of attendance and discipline.
  • REHS provides a variety of opportunities and is genuinely committed to student success.
  • REHS provides opportunities to enhance school pride.

Title I Schoolwide Plans

Parents are invited and encouraged to participate in the development of the Schoolwide Plan/Campus Improvement Plan. Parents are invited each spring to participate in the development of each Title I school’s plan. The team is comprised of various stakeholders- parents, community members, administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, and support personnel. This team is responsible for reviewing data and providing input into the development of the school’s Title I plan. Parents from each demographic group are invited and encouraged to participate in the development of the annual Schoolwide Plan or Campus Improvement Plan.

A copy of the plan will be provided to parents on request. Please visit your child’s school to request a copy of the Title I Plan. Parents can share their comments or questions about the plan with a campus administrator.

Statement of Understanding

Difference between HBI and ALE

In accordance with the Alternative Learning Experience Implementation Standards, reference WAC 392-550-030(10), a school district or charter school that provides alternative learning experience courses or course work to a student must include a description of the difference between home-based instruction pursuant to chapter 28A.200 RCW and the alternative learning experience course(s).

Summary Description

Home-Based Instruction
  • Is provided by the parent or guardian as authorized under RCW 28A.200 and 28A.225.010.
  • Parent has filed an annual Declaration of Intent with the district.
  • Students are neither enrolled nor eligible for graduation through a public high school unless they meet all district and state graduation requirements.
  • Students are not subject to the rules and regulations governing public school, including course, graduation, and assessment requirements.
  • The public school is under no obligation to provide instruction or instructional materials, or to otherwise supervise the student’s education.

Home-based Instruction (HBI) students may have access to ancillary services and may enroll in a public school course on a part-time basis (less than full time) where space is available. Students are responsible for maintaining acceptable attendance and for meeting the course and school requirements for courses in which they are enrolled. They maintain their Home-Based Instruction student status.

Alternative Learning Experience Courses
  • Are authorized under WAC 392-121-182.
  • Students are enrolled in public education.
  • Students are subject to the rules and regulations governing public schools, including course, graduation, and assessment requirement for all portions of the ALE.
  • Instructional materials used for coursework meet district standards and are free from sectarian control or influence.
  • Learning experiences are:
  • Supervised, monitored, assess, and evaluated by certificated staff (weekly contact and monthly review).
  • Designed learning experiences planned together with student, parent and teacher.
  • Provided via a Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP).  Provided in whole, or part, outside the regular classroom.