Welcome to Mount Rainier! Home of the Rams!
Mount Rainier High School is
located in Des Moines, Washington and serves students and families from
Normandy Park, Des Moines, and parts of Burien and Kent. Mount Rainier is the
largest high school in Highline Public Schools with grades 9-12 and
approximately 1600 students. Our ELL students make up about 10% of our school
population, and we are the home of the district's prestigious International
This past school year we
began to gain knowledge and training in MYP, the Middle Year’s program. This
program will be a 9th and 10th grade program that focuses
on building the critical skills necessary to participate in deep level learning
in every content area. Our work focused on learning how to plan units
with an inquiry focus. Inquiry pushes students to be curious about the world
and ask questions to continually learn and improve. We are excited about being
an MYP school as it will help all of our students as they transition to the our
11th and 12th grade courses of study.
Mount Rainier is a diverse community with many opportunities for students.
The Rams participate in the competitive 4A SPSL league and many of the teams
compete at the state level. We have a wide array of clubs for students to
participate in so students have opportunities to explore their interests and
passions both in the classroom and outside the classroom. There is something
for everyone at Mount Rainier! Our school has received awards for their music
programs, athletic programs, and the 2007 school of distinction award for
outstanding academic achievement.
Rainier again received an Achievement Award from Washington State as a school
that has demonstrated high progress over the last 3 years. This award is a true
testament to the high expectations we hold for our students and dedication of
our staff to ensure every student is receiving a high quality education that
prepares them for college and career.
Family and community partnerships are critical to our success as a school.
These connections and solid relationships allow us to have a holistic approach
to serving our students and meeting their needs. We have a dedicated Booster
group (BAM) who provide volunteers for many activities and provides financial
support to our programs. Through our open house, student conferences, and
orientation sessions, parents and families can learn about the wonderful
opportunities Mount Rainier has to offer. Should you like more information
about Mount Rainier or how to get involved, please contact us at 206.631.7000.
This year we will be having a family event on September 9th
where we will provide dinner, entertainment and some great information about
our school. We want to welcome all of our families to the school and give
them an opportunity to know us as well! On October 1st we will
hold our annual open house where families will have an opportunity to meet
their child’s teacher and get to hear about the course expectations for each
class a student is in!
We look forward to partnering with you this year and seeing you at our
family engagement events!