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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

  • Highline Bond Falls Short of 60% Approval

    The Highline bond measure has failed to reach the 60 percent approval needed for passage. With nearly all ballots counted, the bond has received 59.3 percent of the vote. "The challenge we face has not gone away. We still have to replace aging schools and build new schools to address overcrowding and growing enrollment," said Superintendent Susan Enfield.

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  • Make the Most of Student-Led Conferences

    Student-led conferences are coming the week of November 24. Conferences are an opportunity for students, families and teachers to celebrate student success, identify needs, and establish strong relationships. This is one of the ways Highline partners with families to increase student achievement.

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  • Take Part in the Sixth-Grade Transition Planning

    Planning for the sixth-grade move to middle school has begun, and you can be a part of it. You are invited to a community meeting on Thursday, December 11, to learn about the plan and give your feedback.

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  • Small Gifts Make a Big Impact

    A small gift to the Highline Schools Foundation today will make a big impact on our students and schools. Now, supporting the foundation is as easy as sending a text message.

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  • Highline Bond Failing

    It appears that the Highline capital improvement bond -- now at 59.28 percent approval -- will not reach the 60 percent needed for passage. Though yes votes have been trending upward, it is unlikely the ballots yet to be counted will push the final count above the 60 percent threshold.

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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.

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.