• Rice Elementary School - Home of the RhinosRice Elementary School
    Home of the Rhinos

    Phone: 480-424-8500
    Attendance: 480-424-8503
    Health Office: 480-424-8502
    Fax: 480-224-9271
    School Hours: 8:35 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
    Early Release Day Hours: 8:35 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.
    Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Our Website: https://www.cusd80.com/Rice
    Visitors to School
    Parents of enrolled pupils and parents who wish to enroll their children in the Chandler Unified School District must fill out this form to visit, tour (outside of regularly scheduled tour times) or observe a classroom. This completed form must be submitted to the school principal/designee no less than two full business days before the desired visit.
    About Rice Elementary School...

    Welcome to Robert J.C. Rice Elementary - Home of the Rhinos!

    At Rice Elementary, we provide families with a range of educational options, offering both the classic and Chandler Traditional Academy (CTA) education models. As a neighborhood school, we deliver strong instruction that aligns with the Arizona State standards while providing a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities for our students.

    Sustainability is a key theme at Rice Elementary. We use energy-saving features  throughout our campus. Our air-cooled central plant, energy management system, and remote control of HVAC and lighting via the Internet help reduce energy consumption. Additionally, we utilize skylights in our hallways to maximize natural lighting, reducing the need for artificial lights. The choice of ground and polished concrete floors in hallways and bathrooms not only adds aesthetic appeal but also makes maintenance easier and cost-effective. Our sustainability approach extends  beyond infrastructure. We foster a culture of caring for self, each other, and the world around us. Through our outdoor learning space, our students actively participate in gardening and nutrition education programs. These initiatives empower our students to develop an understanding of environmental responsibility.

    At Rice Elementary, we utilize the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program to guide student behavior. The PBIS program revolves around our core values of  being respectful, inclusive, safe, and engaged. By instilling these values, we create a positive and supportive learning environment for all students.

    Our school is named after Robert Rice, a long-time member of the CUSD governing board. With a background as a former US Air Force officer and senior management roles at Intel, Robert Rice brought valuable leadership experience to the district. During his tenure, he played a pivotal role in developing the district's first 10-year plan  of excellence and has since mentored and coached various organizations.

    At Robert J. C. Rice Elementary, we strive to provide a well-rounded education that fosters academic growth, sustainability consciousness, and character development. We are proud to be a part of the Chandler Unified School District, and we welcome students, families, and the community to join us on this educational journey.

    -- Shirley Mathew, Principal
    Brief directions: From the corner of Lindsay and Ocotillo Roads, proceed east 1/2 mile to school on the the left.
    Shirley Mathew, Principal
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