Dear Folsom Cordova families, staff and students:

I’m so proud to be kicking off another exciting school year with all of you. Working together, we will continue to lead the region in student achievement and have many more success stories to share.

We already have so much to celebrate. Before the first day of school, dozens of families and young students - future inventors, discovers and innovators – helped open the doors at the RiverviewSTEM Academy, the only elementary school of its kind in the Sacramento region. At Riverview, students will nurture an early love for science, technology, engineering and math using the modern tools they’ll need to prepare for the world around them. This is only the latest in a long line of excellent educational opportunities in Folsom Cordova, including our International Baccalaureate programs at Cordova High and Mitchell Middle schools, our Montessori program at Carl Sundahl Elementary, and many others.

We offer our school communities these first-rate programs during a time of immense change: In the first year of our new Local Control and Accountability Plan, we are directing more resources to help close achievement gaps through investments in early learning, literacy, and support to underserved communities. (Learn more about our LCAP here.) In the meantime, our teachers and staff have participated in rigorous training around the new Common Core State Standards so that our students continue to grow as critical thinkers.

In November, Folsom voters will have the chance to approve Measure G, a school facility bond to modernize all Folsom schools. If successful, Measure G will pay for safety, technology and many other important upgrades so we can provide the best learning environments for our students. For a list of school facility needs Measure G could support, visit

Folsom Cordova has a fantastic team, and I thank you for your hard work and high expectations for student success. This year is already off to an incredible start.


Deborah Bettencourt


Contact Information

Superintendent's Office:
Executive Assistant