River Valley High School (RVHS) is located in an expanding section of Yuba City and is the newest high school in the Yuba City Unified School District. According to the California State Department of Finance, Yuba City has a population of 62,083 as of January 2007. Established in 2005 as the second comprehensive high school in the district, RVHS was built in response to community growth in part due to an affordable housing market next to a large metropolitan area (Sacramento).
RVHS was marketed to the community as a new school with a new approach to education. The school day is structured utilizing a 4X4 block schedule which allows students to take eight classes a year: four in the fall term and four in the spring term. Each period is 90 minutes. This option provides the families of Yuba City with the choice between the traditional six-period day at Yuba City High School (YCHS) and the 4X4 block schedule at RVHS.