Specialized Programs

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program is a challenging two-year curriculum for students between the ages of 16 -19 (primarily juniors and seniors). Only 2% of our nation’s high schools offer the IB Diploma Program – Rio Mesa High School is proud to be among that 2%. IB helps students develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.

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Migrant Education

There are more than 2,000 Migrant students eligible for services in the Oxnard Union High School District. These are students whose parent or guardian (or the student living independently) has moved or migrated within the last three years with the principal intention of seeking temporary or seasonal employment in agricultural or fishing activity. Students may be eligible until 21 years of age.

The Board of Trustees recognizes that children of migratory workers have special educational and health needs. The Board authorizes a supplementary instructional support program using available federal funds so that students will have continuity of their educational progress, help to overcome language barriers, and motivation for consistent attendance at school. The Board encourages parents/guardians and staff to support and assist each other in all such efforts.

The district makes use of available funds to provide supplementary services for migrant children. Such services shall be coordinated with other existing district resources such as English Language Development, health screening, and compensatory education programs.


AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. Established more than 30 years ago with one teacher in one classroom AVID today, impacts more than 700,000 students in 45 states and 16 other countries/territories. Rio Mesa High School is proud to be an AVID school.

What AVID Does
Simply, AVID trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

How AVID Works
AVID brings research‐based strategies and curriculum to educational institutions in elementary, secondary and higher education. The AVID System annually provides more than 30,000 educators with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas throughout the entire campus, in what we call Schoolwide AVID.


  • Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success
  • Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships
  • Creates a positive peer group for students
  • Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination.

As a result, policymakers and educators now consider AVID’s mission to be an essential strategy for closing the achievement gap, making college access and success available to all students.

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Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and run through California Lutheran University. The purpose of the program is to help first generation, low income, 9th and 10th grade students prepare for and complete college. Students accepted in to the program will attend a 5 week program at CLU where they live in the dorms, take classes, and experience life as a college student. Throughout their remaining high school years students receive many benefits, including weekly tutoring, field trips, workshops, college tours, college and financial aid application information, and career guidance. If you are in 9th or 10th grade and interested in applying for this great opportunity, please see Mrs. Kenney in the counseling department.

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