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Mission

Our mission is to provide a quality learning environment, which empowers all students to live productive and responsible lives.

Principal

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 Baccalaureat Program.

Mount Rainier will be embarking on a journey to strengthen our pathway to college. We will be working closely with Pacific Middle School as we prepare to implement the Middle Years Programme (MYP).  MYP will allow us to have a clearly articulated 6th - 12th grade pathway and we will see full implementation of this work over the next several years.  By using the MYP lens that has a focus on skills, all of our students will be well prepared and have the confidence to tackle the rigors of the IB Diploma Programme. Developing reading, writing and thinking skills will also prepare our students for the Common Core State Standards as well.

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.

Mount Rainier recently received the 2013 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.

Sincerely,

Julie Hunter
Principal 

News

  • Crowded Classrooms & Aging Buildings Make the News

    The challenges of crowded classrooms, growing enrollment, and aging buildings in Highline have been the focus of several recent stories in the regional news media. Here is an rundown of local coverage.

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  • 3,400+ Participate in Telephone Town Hall

    A Telephone Town Hall meeting hosted by Superintendent Susan Enfield and School Board President Bernie Dorsey was held on January 27. Over 3,400 Highline residents participated. Callers asked questions about the bond and levy measures on the February 10 ballot.

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  • Register for Telephone Town Hall

    Join Superintendent Susan Enfield and School Board Member Bernie Dorsey for a live Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday, January 27. Callers will be able to ask questions about the bond and levy measures on the February ballot.

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  • Listen to Town Hall Online

    Around 80 community members, parents, students, and staff participated in a Town Hall on January 22 about Highline's levy and bond measures on the February ballot.

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  • Q13 Coverage of Bond

    Q13 TV featured Highline's proposed bond measure in a news story. Reporter Hana Kim visited Highline High School.

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Important Dates

Building for Tomorrow Today
We face two critical issues as a school district: aging buildings and crowded schools. A bond measure that addresses these issues was on the November ballot. Learn more about the election here. Help us build for tomorrow, today.

Renewal Levy
A three-year educational programs and operations replacement levy will go before voters on February 10, 2015. Levies pay for educating students and operating schools above the costs covered by the state. Learn more about the renewal levy.