As previously stated in 2011, Rainier Beach had 90% of its teachers and staff Transferred/released but it was certainly not for the worst. We went through a 2-3 year process to get the International baccalaureate(IB) Program, which by the why is the most challenging courses you can take in high school and I would know since I am 1 of 12 remaining in the full program in the senior class. We like to refer Rainier Beach as the "New Beach" where in the start of 2012 we increased test scores up around 40% if I am not mistaken. Yes sports are a still huge factor in our school reputation since its the only positive thing outsiders see from Rainier Beach although we have been on the news about IB and other positive thing. I would recommend RBHS to any parent that wants their child to have a bright future and have fun on the why there.
This high school is going downhill fast. It was already in crisis, and this last school year has been the worst yet. There is no accountability for students' behavior. The administrative team and dean of students have all been fired or transferred, and 90% of the staff requested transfers. It is impossible for teachers to teach in this chaos. Students run the show and they know there is no consequence for their actions. The climate is abysmal. I would not recommend sending any child to this school. Classroom behavior is appalling and fraught with disrespect, and students "hang out" in the hallways while swearing, pushing, shoving and doing nothing constructive. No presence of any administrators in the halls. This year's assistant principal was afraid of the students and did not hold them accountable, nor did the dean. Only one of the two principals was every visible, and even then only some of the time. Test scores have gone down every year. Everyone asks why the district leaves this failing school, with low enrollment, open?
Rainier Beach High School students lack respect for themselves and others including staff members and students.Students also lack discipline.Profanity is used in almost every sentence they use and students aren't treated equally when it comes to disciplinary action based on what "sports you play" or how well does your "parent knows your teacher" kind of thing. Some teachers try their hardest to help these students some teachers don't.I think some of the teachers are too afraid to discipline a student like giving detention or sending them to the main office. So instead of giving that student detention,he or she(teacher) just sits there and do nothing. The securities barely do anything to the students who do get into trouble. They just have them sit down in their office and wait till class is over. There is also a high percentage of students hanging around the "half circle" across the street between the Lake Washington Apartments and Sear's Market Place. Its a based of drug dealers and students from Rainier Beach High School and from other schools who've dropped out or skipped class.
I love Rainier Beach. The teachers try their hardest to help the students succeed. People misunderstand the school because of the neighborhood. Majority of students try their hardest to graduate and seek higher education. Yes, the school has bad seeds, but what school doesnt? Rainier Beach is like a family to me and im devastated that I attend a different school.
I rated this school based on academics, basic student behavior, and overall atmosphere. As a student attending for a year at Rainier Beach, I was deeply disappointed in the lack of support for students academically. The school is in all, a SPORT school. Meaning that athletes are regarded highest, even with grades bordering D's and F's. It is hard for a student to receive help in a majority of the classrooms. Student behavior can get severely out of hand. Profanities are let slid, and female students are not enforced to proper school wear. Teachers are seldom helpful; far too lenient when coming to late assignments(sometimes a month) or plagiarized essays. The school does have (as stated above) many sports available, a bright spot on an otherwise dim appearance. Conclusively, I myself would not recommend sending your student here if a challenging, appropriate and helpful school is what they need.
I think the school is amazing. It is full of many hard working, academically driven young people. Some focus to much on sports, and that is because they need more encouragement from those around them that they can survive and make a living without the use of a ball.
I'm a student at Rainier Beach High School. I am proud to be a student here. There are a lot of issues within the students here and the learning techniques. Some students here are very smart intelligent young adults and it's a shame that the school district deprive them of being all that they can be. They can do a lot more to help the students then what they are doing. This school has potential and there is no way for it to be shown if people outside the school and the school district keep putting us down. Instead of doing so they could help us. Other schools have their support but we aren't receiving ours. Then some people wonder why kids tend to struggle or they feel that there is no point to accomplish anything, then you want to complain.That is a put down for a lot of us.
I am a teacher at Rainier Beach and also a graduate from the class of 1999. I have read the other comments about Rainier Beach and am totally stunned about the lack of pride and tact for this school. Rainier Beach has the potential to be the best if not one of the best high schools in the Seattle area. We are very small in number, but large at heart. There is a dedicated staff that works long and hard to make sure that each student has what they need to make it to the next level. Rainier Beach needs a lot of work, and so does the rest of Seattle schools, our short comings happen to always be put in the public limelight. I wish people would roll up there sleeves and help us instead of dragging our name in the mud. I am a proud product of RB.