• Highline Public Schools has a new video that illustrates our bold goals for students. The animated five-minute video follows a family on Highline's "path to success," telling the story without a single word.

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


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 High School is known for the IB program. IB is an international program that offers a rigorous course of study.  Students can choose from a variety of course work and should they successfully complete the IB diploma program, often they receive automatic admission to the college of their choice. IB is built on a philosophy of "international mindedness."  They want kids to be global citizens.

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.

The staff at Mount Rainier is dedicated to serving our students. They are committed to academic excellence yet understand their role in developing positive and productive citizens who give back to the community. Staff are committed to their own learning and spend our early release time on Fridays collaborating and working together to be the best they can be for our kids. We have several National Board Certified teachers and a veteran teaching staff who have many years of experience working with students.

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.


Julie Hunter


  • Coffee Chat with the Superintendent

    Parents and community members are invited to join Superintendent Susan Enfield for a coffee chat at Highline High School on May 7, from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

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  • Award Winners Honored at Gold Star Breakfast

    The 2014 Highline Schools Foundation Gold Star winners were honored at the annual Gold Star Awards Breakfast. The event is the largest fundraiser supporting the Foundation. Money raised supports our 19,000 students through grants, scholarships and special programs in Highline schools.

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  • Check Out Highline's Animated Video

    Highline Public Schools has a new video that illustrates our bold goals for students. The animated five-minute video follows a family on Highline's "path to success," telling the story without a single word.

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  • Highline Students Named Washington Scholars

    Two Highline students have been named Washington Scholars, and one student has been named a Washington Scholar-Alternate. The program honors four students in each of the state’s legislative districts, three Washington Scholars and one Washington Scholar-Alternate.

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  • Highline Students Try Out New State Assessment

    Elementary and middle school students in Highline Public Schools are gearing up to take the new Smarter Balanced assessment, which will replace the current state standardized exams next year. The new test is one step in a significant change to student learning and assessment in Washington State.

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Building for Tomorrow Today
We face two critical issues as a school district: aging buildings and crowded schools. We're working on a solution, but want the community's input as we work to solve these challenges. Help us build for tomorrow, today.