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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

  • State Test Gives Students a Shortcut to College Courses

    High school students now have one more good reason to take the Smarter Balanced assessment (SBA). Students who perform well on the new state test will be able to skip college placement tests and non-credit courses. Doing well on the test guarantees students won’t spend time or money in remedial courses in college.

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  • Joe Van Appointed to Highline School Board

    The Highline School Board voted to appoint Chung (Joe) Van of SeaTac to the Director District 3 position during a special meeting on April 15. He participated in his first School Board meeting as a member directly following his oath of office and the special meeting.

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  • Let's Have a Conversation!

    Do you have ideas, questions, or concerns about our schools that you would like to discuss with the superintendent or School Board members? Superintendent Enfield and board members have scheduled community conversations across the district over the next few weeks.

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  • 'Highline Writes!' to Celebrate Student Authors

    Highline has hundreds of budding authors, and many will get the chance to shine at the first annual Highline Writes! Week of Writing Celebration. The celebratory week will recognize students as authors in a variety of ways, including a writing contest.

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  • Seattle Times Reports on Classroom Crowding

    Highline is not the only school district dealing with increasingly crowded classrooms. The Seattle Times reports that school districts across the state are struggling to find classroom space as enrollment continues to soar.

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