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Mount Rainier High School

Public | 9-12 | 1655 students

 
 

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Posted yesterday

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!


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 29, 2004

Teachers go the extra mile for those students that want to learn.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted August 12, 2003

This school has the best educational program in the entire district.


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 54% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
45%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 82% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 93% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
66%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 53% in 2013.

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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 96% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 22% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
38%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 66% in 2013.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
47%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
38%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 28% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 61% in 2013.

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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 19% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 35% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 35% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
8%

2011

 
 
54%
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 30% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 23% in 2013.

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 15% in 2013.

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2011

 
 
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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 34% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 20% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 18% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students39%
Female40%
Male38%
Black20%
Asian50%
Asian/Pacific Islander44%
Hispanic31%
Multiracial52%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islander36%
White50%
Low income36%
Not low income46%
Special educationn/a
Not special education41%
Limited English14%
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students24%
Femalen/a
Male40%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income20%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education19%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students86%
Female83%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander95%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Low income79%
Not low income92%
Not special education86%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
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Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
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Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
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Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students11%
Female12%
Male10%
Black10%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic5%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White13%
Low income8%
Not low income18%
Special education3%
Not special education14%
Limited English10%
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Students57%
Female57%
Male57%
Black39%
Asian70%
Asian/Pacific Islander65%
Hispanic35%
Multiracial60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income42%
Not low income73%
Special education3%
Not special education63%
Limited English15%
Migrantn/a

Geometry

All Students58%
Female56%
Male60%
Black47%
Asian65%
Asian/Pacific Islander57%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income49%
Not low income70%
Special educationn/a
Not special education59%
Limited English42%
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students14%
Female0%
Male27%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income30%
Not low income0%
Special educationn/a
Not special education19%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Geometry

All Students32%
Femalen/a
Male25%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low income30%
Special educationn/a
Not special education31%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Geometry

All Students13%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low income10%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education13%
Limited Englishn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Malen/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2010.

374 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2011.

316 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Reading

All Students79%
Female86%
Male72%
Black66%
Asian83%
Asian/Pacific Islander81%
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income69%
Not low income89%
Special education25%
Not special education85%
Limited English23%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students79%
Female86%
Male71%
Black76%
Asian91%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income71%
Not low income86%
Special education24%
Not special education84%
Limited English32%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to test students in reading and writing in grade 10. Math skills are tested by the End-of-Course (EOC) exams. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 49% 63%
Hispanic 21% 18%
Asian 10% 7%
Two or more races 10% 5%
Black 6% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 140%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 26%N/A8%
Special education 29%N/A13%
Source: 1 NCES, 2010-2011
Source: 2 WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 21N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 14N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 63%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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