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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

  • All Schools Are Open on Tuesday, May 26

    All Highline schools will be open on May 26 after school was canceled on May 21 due to a one-day teacher walkout. This date was chosen by the school district and Highline Education Association (the teachers' union) as the date that would have the least impact on families.

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  • Give Your Feedback on our Schools

    We are asking for feedback from families of Highline students. Tell us what you think about your child's school on topics ranging from academic preparation to student support to safety and behavior.

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  • Community Gives Feedback on Bond

    Community members strongly support building new schools but want a more transparent process for developing a bond plan, according to a survey run by Highline Public Schools from April 22 through May 11. The survey was launched to get community feedback after the failure of the February capital construction bond. The bond aimed to alleviate crowding in elementary schools and fix or replace aging schools.

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  • All Schools Closed May 21 due to Teacher Walkout

    Highline teachers have voted to participate in a one-day walkout on May 21. We do not have enough substitute teachers to cover all classes that day, so school is cancelled on May 21.

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  • Community Helps with Funding Questions

    How would you spend additional state funding? And what is the best way to deal with overcrowding in Highline elementary schools? Those were the questions put to community members who attended Budget Community Meetings hosted by district leaders in May.

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