Two school districts serve Riverside:
Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) serves eastern Riverside.
This school district operates 47 schools, including 30 elementary schools, 1 special education preschool, 6 middle schools (grades 7-8), 5 comprehensive high schools, 2 continuation high schools, 2 alternative schools and the Riverside Virtual School. RUSD offers a comprehensive adult education program.
26 RUSD schools have been designated California Distinguished Schools; some institutions multiple times, and 3 schools in the system have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools.
RUSD schools have numerous State and National academic titles and athletic championships.
Alvord Unified School District operates 14 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 2 comprehensive high schools, 1 continuation high school and 1 alternative education center.
AUSD has the only National Certification School with Distinction in the US.
Three of its schools are National Demonstration Schools for the AVID Program: Arizona Middle School, La Sierra High School, and Norte Vista High School.
Riverside boasts two renowned schools for specified student bodies:
California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CSD-R) offers education from Preschool to 12th grade.
Sherman Indian High School of the Bureau of Indian Education, offers education to Native American tribal members from 9th to 12th grade.
Private schools serving the community
All Saints' Carden Academy, Allegiant Christian School, Bethel Christian Schools, Bright Futures Academy, Harvest Christian School, Hawarden Hills Academy, Immanuel Lutheran Elementary, Islamic Academy of Riverside, La Sierra Academy, Life Christian Academy Schools, Notre Dame High School, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School – Riverside, Oxford Academy – Riverside, Riverside Christian Day School, Riverside Christian Schools, Riverside Montessori Academy, Somerset, St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Francis de Sales Catholic School, St. Thomas the Apostle School, Starting Gate Educational Services and Woodcrest Christian.
Colleges and universities in Riverside
University of California, Riverside, Cal Baptist University, American College of Healthcare, Best American Healthcare University – Riverside, Brandman University – Riverside, California Southern Law School, Glen Oaks College, InterCoast Colleges – Riverside, Kaplan College – Riverside, La Sierra University, Mission Career College, North West College – Riverside, Riverside Community College, Southern Illinois University – Riverside, UEI College, University of Redlands – Riverside, West Coast EMT, and California Baptist University.
One of the major providers of services and cultural programs in California's Inland Empire, is the Riverside Public Library.
The library system has 8 branches in the community, including the main library, and offers the following services:
A collection of approximately 425,000 books and other library materials.
Auditorium, study rooms and public areas.
Adult Literacy Program.
Families for Literacy Program.
Homework help, library tours, etc.