A spirited learning community that is student centered, safe, academically focused, and dedicated to preparing every student for success in the global society in which we live.
Pillar Number One: Student Success
Pillar Number Two: Effective and Consistent Communication
Pillar Number Three: Respectful and Positive Culture
Pillar Number Four: Effective, Collaborative, Professional Development and Staff Acknowledgement
Pillar Number Five: Facilities and Technology Development
Pillar Number Six: Safe and Healthy School Environment
School At A Glance
Rainier Jr/Sr High School sits on a 260-acre campus which includes the district office, our elementary school, and a charter school which provide several alternative options for students to complete graduation requirements. Rainier JR/SR High School has approximately 480 students enrolled in grades 7-12, including six foreign exchange students. We have a variety of programs that support our special needs population, especially in their preparation for transition and post-high school opportunities.
Our staff includes seventeen full- time teachers, three part- time teachers, three special education teachers, two half time counselors, three secretaries, eight instructional assistants, a half time Dean of Students, and two principals. Staff participates in weekly professional development on Wednesday mornings as students are on a 1- hour late start schedule. This weekly professional development time is fostering a collaborative and professional culture that teachers believe and our data indicates is improving teaching and learning. We are in our first year of implementing a proficiency- based grading system that we believe will give us a better understanding of what our students know and can do based on the Common Core State Standards.
In addition to our core classes we offer a variety of elective classes to support our students’ academic progress. Those electives include: art, strength training, agriculture, forestry, wood shop, Spanish, leadership, ceramics, photography, yearbook, choir, band, accounting, consumer finance, physical education, computer applications, and lifeguarding. Students also participate in AP classes, Honors classes, and college-credit courses, all of which prepare our students to be successful in college .We have added support classes for our students that are struggling in Math and English Language Arts in an effort to increase academic growth.
Curriculum – Our enriched curriculum ensures opportunities for every student to reach their individual potential.
Community – We maximize educational excellence by fostering partnerships within our community.
Staff – Our exceptional staff is positive, enthusiastic and dedicated to student and school success.
Students – Our students possess academic and personal skills, a strong work ethic, pride in self and community and a desire to succeed.
Rainier is an area rich in the histories of logging, lumber and fishing. The community has all of the advantages of a small town while allowing easy access to large metropolitan and recreational areas.
Portland - approximately one hour away Seattle - approximately two hours away Mt. Hood – an hour away Seaside – an hour away
Recreational opportunities include hiking, boating, fishing and hunting. The climate is moderate and the scenery is beautiful. The river allows viewing of large freighters, sail boats and other pleasure craft.
Rainier was founded in 1851 on the south bank of the Columbia River by Charles E. Fox and was originally named Eminence. The name Rainier was taken from Mount Rainier in Washington, which can be seen from hills above the city.
Rainier is surrounded by a number of rural communities. In the past, these places acted as separate communities. Today, most businesses and services have left these rural sites and the communities are part of a large unincorporated area that receives services out of Rainier. These communities include Fern Hill, Hudson, Alston, Apiary,Goble, and Prescott. Residents here may say they live in Rainier or will alternatively use the name of the individual community. In the mid-seventies, these rural areas, many with their own schools, were all consolidated into the current Rainier School District.