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  • Website Maintenance

    Our website will undergo maintenance on Thursday, December 18, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. We expect there will be at least two interruptions of up to ten minutes during the maintenance. We appreciate your patience. 

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Announcements

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

  • Bond Measure Will Go Before Voters in February

    A school construction bond to repair or replace deteriorating schools and ease overcrowding will go before voters on February 10, 2015. After seeking community input following the November election, the school board voted December 17 to place a new bond measure on the February ballot.

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  • What You Need to Know About the Levy Renewal

    Voters will have an opportunity to renew their investment in Highline students and teachers in the next election. A three-year Educational Programs and Operations Levy renewal is one of two school funding measures on the February 10 ballot.

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  • Survey Results Show Strong Support for Bond

    Results from a recent online survey show staff, families, and the community are generally supportive of the bond package that was put to voters on last November's ballot. The bond fell less than one percentage point short of the 60 percent needed for passage.

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  • Foundation Awards $65,000+ in Excel Grants

    Teachers across the district are receiving extra support in their classrooms this month thanks to more than $65,000 in grants from the Highline Schools Foundation. The Foundation awarded 89 Excel Grants to teachers and programs across the district in December.

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  • Introducing Coding to the Classroom

    More than 6,000 Highline students in grades K-12 participated in Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer programming, commonly called coding.

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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.

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.