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22450 19th Ave South
Des Moines, WA 98198

(206) 433-2441
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Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
July 16, 2015
Many of the teachers are more into a steady paycheck than the futures of the students, and if you want help in a class, you probably wont get it.

- submitted by a community member
Develops grit: Strongly disagree
July 16, 2015
you are hit with a barrage of homework, and learn more about navigating the educational system than any of the topics being taught.

- submitted by a community member

November 24, 2014
The school does not care of the children's welfare once on school property. Kids skip classes and no calls go out to inform parents that the child is not in class even thou parents dropped them off out in front of the school.

- submitted by a community member

June 13, 2014
Mount Rainier will set you up for failure, I'm ending my freshemen year at Mount Rainier currently and the teachers will not influence you or push you to do your best, taking sudden tests being unprepared by your teachers, racist remarks made by the teachers and discrimination from them also. Most teachers are unbearable to be around since they don't care about how the students are doing in the class. Generally, if you're not there for the optional and risky (risky as in you must do your best to be the average or else your last two years would have been a waste of your time) IB program, most of my freshmen teachers are horrible and I have no words to justify how unqualified they are. Don't go unless you're rich, because you'll be depending on your inheritance to get you places.

- submitted by a student

April 23, 2014
The athletic director needs to GO!! Cutting the drill team is the worst decision he could have made. These girls need this. The school needs them. Please please please give them another chance!

- submitted by a community member

July 11, 2013
this is the first year for high school. we will not be able to give this school a rating, until after the first year. Mahalo Doane

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2011
MRHS provides an excellent program and a group of top-notch Honors and I.B. teachers as well as an extensive variety of extracurricular activities. At MRHS you can have an education that is just as good as the Mercer Island/Bellevue schools, just be sure and enroll in the Honors and IB courses and don't slack off. This school has produced many graduates with national achievements and students who go on to top colleges like Stanford and Cal Tech. I definitely recommend the IB program, it prepared me for the standard of work required to excell in a four-year university.

- submitted by a student

October 03, 2009
incredibly dedicated teachers and coaches. They really care about the kids and their families. High achievement scores and wonderful programs abound.

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2009
This school is bar none the greatest high school in washington!! ive been in and out of school districts for the past twelve years and as a senior now i can say that MRHS is the greatest school with the friendliest teachers and best education plan i've seen out of the six high schools i've attended this year. beats out Tyee, Highline, Evergreen, North Central, West Seattle, and Cheif Sealth. No competition!!!

- submitted by a student

April 15, 2007
This School is excellent! I'm currently a sophomore here at MRHS. I feel that the teachers are the best! I've been earning C's and D's for a while in past schools, but when I entered MRHS as a 9th grader, I was given a chance the teachers believed in me and gave me confidence to exceed. I'm now earning A's and B's !! I highly recommend this school to parents and students! This school is a good preparation for college.

- submitted by a student

October 25, 2006
We moved to Des Moines in order for our children to attend the IB Program. We found committed teachers and a stimulating curriculum. Historically, the school has had an excellent debate team and a strong technology program. We would recommend this high school highly.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2004
Teachers go the extra mile for those students that want to learn.

- submitted by a student

August 26, 2003
Mount Rainier is a wonderful school with a safe and productive learning environment. While I am not a fan of the principal, I think the teaching staff it excellent. Not only does this school provide wonderful teachers and fantastic extracurricular activities (such as clubs and sports), but Mount Rainier also provides the students the opportunity to take part in the widely acclaimed International Baccalaureate Program. Two of my children have already been involved with this program and love it. While IB classes are very challenging, the students take out so much from their classes. My oldest child, who is going into her senior year at a prestigious university, said that she was very well prepared for her transition into college. I highly recommend Mount Rainier as the perfect choice for an aspiring student.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2003
This school has the best educational program in the entire district.

- submitted by a community member
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Mount Rainier High School
22450 19th Ave South, Des Moines, WA  98198
(206) 433-2441
Last modified Mount Rainier High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mount Rainier High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top