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    Now is the time to enroll your student in kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year. Learn more about the benefits of early enrollment and how to enroll.
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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


  • Highline Will Move 6th Grade to Middle School

    Highline middle schools will include grades 6, 7, and 8 starting in the 2015-16 school year or later. The decision to move sixth grade to middle school comes after months of studying enrollment projections, staff and community feedback, and academic research.

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  • Faith Leader Forum Aims to Build Stronger Community

    Faith leaders from around the community participated in Highline's Spring Faith Leader Forum. The forum was an opportunity to discuss ways the district and faith communities can work together to make our schools and our community stronger.

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  • MRHS Student Named AP Player of the Year

    Mount Rainier High School senior Brittany McPhee has been voted the Associated Press Washington girls' state player of the year. Sports writers and editors from across the state chose the star basketball player to receive the honor for the third year in a row.

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  • Meeting our Goals

    We want to share our progress on the bold goals in our Strategic Plan. This is our way of holding ourselves accountable for the goals we set when we came together to create a plan that embodies our hopes and dreams for our children.

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  • Students Sing Their Way to State

    A Mount Rainier High School (MRHS) choir ensemble is headed to the state Solo & Ensemble competition, after earning first place in the regional competition. The MRHS Music Company is a mixed vocal ensemble that rehearses twice a week after school.

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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.