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Mount Rainier High School promotes the growth of every student and seeks to create principled, knowledgeable, and inquisitive graduates empowered to lead productive and caring lives in a global society.


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 Baccalaureate Program.

This past school year we began to gain knowledge and training in MYP, the Middle Year’s program. This program will be a 9th and 10th grade program that focuses on building the critical skills necessary to participate in deep level learning in every content area.  Our work focused on learning how to plan units with an inquiry focus. Inquiry pushes students to be curious about the world and ask questions to continually learn and improve. We are excited about being an MYP school as it will help all of our students as they transition to the our 11th and 12th grade courses of study. 

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 again received an 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.


This year we will be having a family event on September 9th where we will provide dinner, entertainment and some great information about our school.  We want to welcome all of our families to the school and give them an opportunity to know us as well!  On October 1st we will hold our annual open house where families will have an opportunity to meet their child’s teacher and get to hear about the course expectations for each class a student is in!


We look forward to partnering with you this year and seeing you at our family engagement events!


Julie Hunter




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