Rice Elementary School
Home of the Rhinos
1290 E. Ocotillo Road, Gilbert, AZ 85298
Health Office: 480-424-8502
School Hours: 8:35 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Our Website: https://www.cusd80.com/RiceAbout Rice Elementary School...Welcome to Robert J.C. Rice Elementary - Home of the Rhinos!
Rice Elementary provides options for families by offering both the Classic and CTA (Chandler Traditional Academy) education models. Our neighborhood school delivers strong instruction, aligned to the Arizona standards, and a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities for our students. An overarching theme for the school is our focus on sustainability. Rice Elementary employs energy-saving features including an air-cooled central plant; an energy management system that allows HVAC andlighting to be controlled remotely via the internet; sky lighting in hallways to reduce the use of lights; and ground and polished concrete floors in hallways and bathrooms, which are easier and less expensive to maintain. Our approach to sustainability focuses on care for self, care for each other, and care for the world around us. We have an extended recycling program, and our outdoor learning space will provide students an opportunity to learn about gardening and engage in nutrition education programs. We use Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to guide student behavior. The PBIS program focuses on our core values of being respectful, inclusive, safe, and engaged.
The school is named after Robert Rice, a long-time CUSD governing board member who began his career as a U.S. Air Force officer and spent more than two decades working for Intel in senior management roles. While on the Chandler Unified Governing Board, he helped lead the district to develop its first 10-year plan of excellence and has used his leadership experience to mentor and coach various organizations.
We are proud to be Chandler Unified School District's 32nd elementary school.-- Shirley Mathew, PrincipalBrief 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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