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    Rainier Beach High School

    Rainier Beach is a comprehensive high school with the smaller size that many parents prefer. This provides more personalized education in which the staff is able to know students well - a key factor in student achievement.

    Through the International Baccalaureate program, the arts and music classes, the CTE classes, and AP Computer Science courses students work with a group of teachers over a period of time.

    Strong mentoring programs support incoming ninth-graders in the transition to high school. This continues until students graduate. We have created a climate in which all students feel a sense of belonging, and these efforts are paying off in improved student achievement - our shared goal for all of our students.

    Some of our highlights include:

    • The International Baccalaureate program offers students and families a great opportunity to participate in the IB diploma program during their high school years. It offers excellent college preparation and a well-rounded education.  It is open to any student who has completed the necessary prerequisites; it is not a “test in” program.
    • Approximately 29 community partners, in addition to the PTSA, supporting academics, college planning  and social/emotional needs
    • A strong athletic program focused on the academics and creating student-athletes
    • A small school atmosphere in which students are known by many adults in the building
    • Full-time arts and music programs

    Our Mission

    To empower our students to become lifelong learners through the support of family, staff and community, and to excel academically and creatively in a multicultural world! 

    Our Vision

    Rainier Beach High School prepares students to be innovative problem solvers who share responsibility for their success.

    Building Rentals

    Rainier Beach High School facilities are available for rent to the public. To reserve a space, please first confirm availability with Ms.Thomasson, 252.6350. Building Rental instructions and the application can be accessed here.

    Rainier Beach Building

    Contact Us

    8815 Seward Park Ave S.
    Seattle, WA 98118

    Main: 206-252-6350
    Fax: 206-252-6351
    Fax for transcripts: 206-743-3032

    Attendance: 206-252-6354

    Principal: Keith Smith | Bio
    klsmith@seattleschools.org

    Assistant Principal:
    Ivory Brooks
    idbrooks@seattleschools.org

    School Admin:
    LaNita Thomasson
    lthomasson@seattleschools.org

    Staff Directory


    2017-18 Bell Schedule

    Start Time and End Time:
    8:55 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

    Early Release Wednesday:
    8:55 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Full day schedules