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Testimonials from Alumni

These are letters students have allowed us to publish on our web site.  Our goal at the Rio Linda High School Science Department is to prepare students for their adult lives.  We feel that our student's stories about their success at college is our strongest evidence that we are succeeding.  We congratulate our students on their hard work.

Our AP students attend (or graduated) many universities around the country and abroad. Here is a list of some of these universities and approximate number (we do not have information about some of students) of our AP science alumnae since 2005. Majority of our students are/were having technical or medical majors.

Caltech – 1;                                         Cornell – 1                          

Cal Poly -8;                                         Stanford – 3;

Sacramento State – 54;                      UOP-5

UC Berkeley-10;                                 Brown-2;

UC Davis – 43;                                   Montana Tech -1;

UC Irvine-4                                         San Jose State-1; 

UCLA – 2;                                           Washington SU-1;                                                                

UC Santa Barbara-7                           BYU – 3;                                             

UC Santa Cruz – 3;                             SF State-4;

UC Merced-7;                                      Calvin-1;

UC San Diego -1;                                Humboldt  State– 1;                                                   

UC Riverside-1;                                  Prague University-1

UN Reno – 3;                                      University of Edinburg (UK)-1  

CSU Long Beach – 3;                         Chico SU -4;

UC_Davis_student: Card IconUC Davis student:

Some updates on me- I ended my first quarter with a 4.0 and am very happy with the classes I took. Chemistry was a breeze- thanks to your AP Chem class.

Navpreet G.

Cal_Poly_Aeronautical_Engineering_Student Card IconCal Poly Aeronautical Engineering Student

Hello Dr. G,

Guess what? I received 100% on my PHYS 132 midterm! How're things with the new AP recruits? Things here at Cal Poly are fantastic. Thank you so much for instructing me in Physics and Chemistry and helping me excel to achieve the best score possible in most of my science AP exams. It's crazy how far ahead I am of most freshmen. I'm thinking of joining the satellite and rocket club here, which will be pretty awesome.
Recalling your instruction on ray diagrams,
Zachary H.

Former_Physics_Student Card IconFormer Physics Student

Hello Dr. G!
How are you? I graduated in 2012, and was in your regular Physics class, and I had no idea until then that I might want to pursue a career in Physics. I've been taking Astronomy classes in college and I am absolutely enjoying them. I've also joined ARC's Physics & Astronomy Club, and although I do not yet have much knowledge in the subjects, I'm finding that I learn so much in just being a part of it and meeting people with similar passions.
I wanted to thank you for your inspiration, and was wondering if you had any input on what might be some good first steps for me? I'm looking into internships, and just searching every possible avenue. Getting started seems to be the toughest part.
Anyhow, I thought certainly that you'd be one of the best people to speak with,
thank you very much for your time.
Nichole B.

Chemistry_Student_at_Santa_Cruz Card IconChemistry Student at Santa Cruz

My second year is going well so far, I have 2 midterms tomorrow, one for Organic Chemistry and one for History. So I am a bit nervous. 

The general Chemistry series was really easy, it was basically AP Chem. I aced all three of the quarters. And my first year GPA was 3.96. So I am doing well. 

Also this year I am a tutor for Chemistry, which is really fun, I love teaching Chemistry. 

I will make sure to visit when I come back for Winter break.

Hope all is well at Rio Linda and in the science classes


Former_Physics_Student Card IconFormer Physics Student

This is Timur, former student of your Physics class 5 years ago.  I recently graduated from college and I was thinking of my past and your name popped in.  I just want to express my gratitude to you for being a really cool teacher.  Somehow I think your love of Astronomy and the outdoors rubbed off on me and I find my self interested in both now.  I took a class on Astronomy in college and a star gazing lab as well and I've been going on hikes lately.  Thanks for being such a person and influencing me in a positive way.

Sincerely, Timur

UC_Berkeley_Chem_student Card IconUC Berkeley Chem student

I just had my first midterm earlier today ! I think I did very well because I reviewed old midterms given out here at Berkeley before. I felt very confident. But the first question on the exam was to find the empirical formula of FlClO3, I skipped it because I didn't remember how to do it, but i remember you going over it in AP Chem, that you could divide the percentages by the molar mass and I did great. Tell your chemistry students they need to know how to do calculations w ith empirical formulas they are important ! Thank you for teaching chemistry to me Dr. G !

Phillip T.

Former_Physics_and_Chemistry_Student_Now_at_UC_Davis_Engineering Card IconFormer Physics and Chemistry Student Now at UC Davis Engineering

I am Levi Ward and am currently attending University of California Davis and am enrolled in Physics 9 A, the physics of mechanics. The Physics classes I took at Rio Linda have more than prepared me for college level physics, this entire class is just one big review of what I learned in Dr. Gavrilov's physics classes. Today I was in my physics section and the T.A. gave us three problems to do for the 50 minute section, using what I learned in Dr. G's classes I was able to finish the problems in 8 minutes flabbergasting the T.A. and getting to leave early looking like a genius in front of the whole section. So far this Physics class seems like it was taken right out of Dr. Gavrilov's play book, I can say honestly that the A.P. Physics classes as well as the A.P. Chemistry class has made these college classes one big review. On a side note I had the cutest girl in class ask me if I would be her lab partner and I have got to admit it feels pretty good.

Sac_State_Mechanical_Engineering_student Card IconSac State Mechanical Engineering student

Hey Ms. Graf!

It was a great pleasure seeing you and all of my old high school professors last week. In just that one week, school has taken off for me. My name has become known in the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) here at Sac State and I have been "put to use" over here. I was somewhat nominated to represent the club at the engineering expo, and was responsible for explaining what the club was to new students who showed interest in our club. My classes have officially taken off, demanding almost every waking minute of my life (or so it seems to me). On the brighter side, however, I do enjoy it. In fact, just this week, I declared my minor in mathematics, further divulging myself in the world of math. I must say, although, if it weren't for Dr. Gavrilov's AP physics courses, Mr. Fitch's AP calculus course, and your AVID course to push me to keep going, I wouldn't be where I am today. For example, I practically slept through physics 11A and passed it with a solid A in the course! Hope all is well back at the high school!


Elliott B.

Rio_Linda_grads_Blaise_P.(UCSB_grad,_Physics),_Matt_Q.(Caltech_grad,_Engineering),_James_Q._(UC_Berkeley,_Chem_Engineering)_at_Caltech_graduation_ceremony. Card IconRio Linda grads Blaise P.(UCSB grad, Physics), Matt Q.(Caltech grad, Engineering), James Q. (UC Berkeley, Chem Engineering) at Caltech graduation ceremony.

Rio Linda grads Blaise P.(UCSB grad, Physics), Matt Q.(Caltech grad, Engineering), James Q. (UC Berkeley, Chem Engineering) at Caltech graduation ceremony.

UCLA_Computer_Science_student Card IconUCLA Computer Science student

I passed all of my physics and chemistry classes so far. The chemistry class was really easy but it was all about quantum mechanics and the professor was not very good at teaching so I didn't learn much. The second physics class was pretty difficult -- the exams were ridiculous -- and it made me realize that your classes would have been even more helpful if I studied  in high school.
I decided to stay with computer science for my major (unless I change my mind again). We did some really cool things with C++ in my last class and I didn't mind staying up until 6 am for a project so I think that is a good sign.
Overall, my first year at UCLA was a good combination of freedom, stress, fun, and learning. I'm excited for next year.
For the summer, I've been learning HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for a Graphic Design job at UC Davis that I might be getting in a few weeks.
Gagik M.

Matt_Q._-_Engineering_Cal_Tech_graduate Card IconMatt Q. - Engineering Cal Tech graduate

Matt Q. - Engineering Cal Tech graduate with Stephen Hawking

Anshu_L._Graduated_from_Registered_Nursing_Program Card IconAnshu L. Graduated from Registered Nursing Program

Anshu L. Graduating from a Registered Nursing Program

John_G._-_Cal_Poly_Aeronautical_Engineering Card IconJohn G. - Cal Poly Aeronautical Engineering

John G. - Cal Poly Aeronautical Engineering student flexing in front of an engine

James_Q._-_UC_Berkeley_Engineering Card IconJames Q. - UC Berkeley Engineering

James Q. - UC Berkeley Engineering student sitting at a desk

Gagik_M.-_UCLA_Computer_Science Card IconGagik M.- UCLA Computer Science

Gagik M.- UCLA Computer Science student

Donald_Ch._-_UC_Davis_engineering_student Card IconDonald Ch. - UC Davis engineering student

Donald Ch. - UC Davis engineering student holding a static ball and a conductor

Annie_L._-_Cal_Poly_Architecture Card IconAnnie L. - Cal Poly Architecture

Annie L. - Cal Poly student in front of the architecture building

Dina_N_-_Biology_Student_at_Berkeley Card IconDina N - Biology Student at Berkeley

Dina N - Biology Student at UC Berkeley

Levi_W._-_UC_Davis_Engineering Card IconLevi W. - UC Davis Engineering

Levi W. - UC Davis Engineering wearing an apron and lighting a ball of gas on fire

Ong_X._-_Cal_Poly_Architecture Card IconOng X. - Cal Poly Architecture

Ong Xiong - Cal Poly Architecture student holding a static ball so his hair stands up

Zach_H._-Cal_Poly,_engineering,_Janel_R_-Nevada_State_Chem_student Card IconZach H. -Cal Poly, engineering, Janel R -Nevada State Chem student

Zach H. -Cal Poly, engineering sitting on a desk and Janel R -Nevada State Chem student sitting in a chair