Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enroll at Rainier Prep?

Any student entering the 5th, 6th, and 7th, grade in the 2016-2017 school year is able to apply. By 2018, we will accept all grades 5 through 8.

How do I enroll at Rainier Prep?

Rainier Prep accepts applications year-round for all grades. For the 2016-2017 school year, we offer grades 5th, 6th, and 7th. 

Completed application forms for the 2017-2018 school year must be received by 5:00PM on April 15, 2017 to be eligible for the lottery. (Rainier Prep will conduct a random public lottery within a week of April 15 if we receive more applications than the number of seats available.) Any applications received after the deadline will be put on a waiting list.

When will I be notified if my student was accepted to Rainier Prep for 2017-2018?

Accepted students will receive a Welcome Packet the last week of April.

What is the cost to attend Rainier Prep?

There is no cost to attend Rainier Prep. We are currently a free, public, charter school under WA state law. 

When is the first day of school?

The first day of school for Rainier Prep will take place within the last two weeks of August 2017. The 2017-2018 calendar will be provided after April 15, 2017.

Is the first day of school the first event?

Family Orientations will be held in May and June 2017. Additionally, individual family meetings and student orientations will take place in August 2017. The specific dates of home visits and orientations will be communicated in the Welcome Packet and at Family Orientation.

Where is Rainier Prep located?

Our school is located at 10211 12th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98168.

Will there be bus transportation to Rainier Prep?

Rainier Prep will be providing bus services for students living within Highline Public Schools. Bus routes do not go to individual homes but rather to a central location where a number of students can be picked up and dropped off. Please refer to the current school year bus routes.

Is breakfast and lunch offered at Rainier Prep?

Yes. We provide breakfast and lunch from Fresh n’ Local Foods Company at costs comparable to Highline Public Schools. We also honor breakfast and lunch prices for students eligible for free and reduced lunch.

Does Rainier Prep do standardized testing?

By law, Rainier Prep is required to participate in any state and federally mandated assessments similar to a public district school.

Does Rainier Prep offer extra-curricular activities?

Rainier Prep believes in the importance of cultivating students’ interests beyond academic schoolwork. We will offer activities based on the interests of our enrolled students as part of our regular school day.

What is Rainier Prep’s current legal status?

We are currently a free, public, charter school under WA state law. 

What is the connection between Rainier Prep and Rainier Scholars?

Rainier Prep and Rainier Scholars are two separate entities which share a common goal around college preparation and leadership development for low-income, students of color and immigrant students. Rainier Prep is a free public charter middle school and Rainier Scholars is a long-term, wrap-around academic enrichment program. Rainier Scholars staff and board fully support Rainier Prep and the work it seeks to accomplish in the Highline area through curricular, operational and technical support.

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