Rainier Beach High School

8815 Seward Park Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98118
Main Office: 206-252-6350
Office Phone: 206-252-6350
Fax: 206-252-6351

Rainier Beach School Profile

Attendance Area School Attendance Area

School Leadership and Board District

Building History and Information Building History

Community Partners at Rainier Beach Community resources and programs at Rainier Beach High School


CSIP and School Report

About CSIP

The Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP) is an action plan for each school that identifies the areas a school plans to focus on in the current and coming school year, the performance goals they want students to achieve, and how the school plans to collaboratively meet these goals.

The plans are updated regularly to reflect the strategies being used at each school. This document also serves as the school-wide improvement plan for our Title I schools

About School Reports

School Reports show a brief snapshot of a school’s academic growth, student climate, accountability, family and staff engagement, and overall school performance.

School reports are produced by the State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for each school and district in the state and updated periodically throughout the year as data becomes available.

Questions about school reports? Contact us: Research and Evaluation Department, research@seattleschools.org

About School Climate Surveys

School Climate Surveys are used for school-level improvements, climate surveys are given to all staff, students and families each year. The staff and student surveys are given to respective groups in person at schools; the family survey occurs in the spring.

Rainier Beach Levy Projects

Here you will find an overview of work completed by school levies.

Levies are a primary funding source for construction, renovations, safety and security upgrades, major maintenance, classroom technology and technology infrastructure, academics support projects and athletic field and track improvements.

Seismic Report: The safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Earthquake safety/seismic improvements projects are funded through the voter-supported Building Excellence (BEX) and Buildings, Technology and Academics (BTA) capital levies. Visit the Capital Projects webpage to read the most recent report.

BEX V

Levy Approved: 2019

The Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy will fund replacement of Rainier Beach High School. The existing performing arts center will be retained. It will also provide technology equipment and services, such as computers, peripherals, printers, and other technology for teaching and learning.

Read more about this project.

BEX III

Levy Approved: 2007

Seattle voters approved a $490 million capital bond, Building Excellence III, in February 2007. The bond helped pay for projects in three categories: building projects, infrastructure and technology improvements.

Project Description

The Rainier Beach Beach High School modernization project was completed in September 2008. The primary focus of the project was the relocation and expansion of the library. Science classroom and culinary arts program facilities were also upgraded in this project.

The new 8,000 square foot library contains multiple spaces that can each accommodate a full classroom. An adjacent computer lab is available for classroom use or library use. Soft seating areas provide space for quiet reading. The new performing arts stage and adjacent outdoor deck enable small arts performances to be held in the library.

To recoup the classroom space lost in the expansion of the library, the first floor computer lab and career center were each divided into two classrooms. The library book stack room became a fifth new classroom. The career center now occupies the former first floor library space in a very approachable environment, with an adjacent research library.

The culinary arts program was upgraded with a new full commercial kitchen. A new separate dining area is shared between classroom use and dining for teachers. Minor upgrades were made to the residential kitchen.

The science classrooms were upgraded with peninsula-style lab areas to accommodate 32 students for program’s life science and biology focus. New mechanical systems include fume hoods, acid waste and sediment traps, and 100% exhaust air.

The existing corridors throughout the main school have new flooring, lighting and ceiling tiles for a brighter, modern feel to the school. Low-e windows were installed on the east side of the building, with new window shades throughout. Masonry and roofing were repaired. All restrooms were renovated with improved ventilation, partitions, and ADA upgrades. New electrical and mechanical systems and controls will reduce energy consumption.

Project Summary

  • Master Planning
  • Library relocated, expanded to 8,000 sq. ft
  • New performing arts area, and balcony addition
  • Solatube skylights and wall removal enhance daylight in the library
  • Gathering areas in the library for small and large classes
  • New entry sequence and improved landscaping at the entry
  • Handrail on outdoor reading deck with Mt Rainier and water motifs
  • New computer lab adjacent to library
  • Renovation of classrooms, corridors, and career center
  • Science classroom lab and HVAC upgrades
  • Larger art classrooms with more storage, new tackable wall surfaces
  • New mechanical and electrical systems & controls in areas of work
  • New air handling unit in library; new HVAC unit in computer lab
  • Improved ventilation in all art classrooms
  • New culinary arts commercial kitchen for 12 chefs on a line, similar to college level facilities and commercial kitchens
  • Recycled, renewable, reusable materials & other sustainable features
  • Improved natural lighting, direct/indirect classroom lighting
  • Energy efficient lighting throughout corridors
  • Energy efficient low e windows along the east façade of project area
  • Project funding: 75% BTA; 25% BEX

BEX I

Levy Approved: 1995

Building Excellence I (BEX I) was the first Building Excellence Capital Levy. This $330 million capital levy was approved by Seattle voters in 1995 to replace, renovate and modernize schools throughout the district.

Project Description

New Performing Arts Center and partial renovation.

  • Building Size: 184,913 gross square feet
  • Capacity: 1,175 students (grades 9-12)
  • Site Size: 21.6 acres
  • Total Cost: $6.1 million
  • Completion Date: August 1998
  • Architect: Streeter & Associates Architects AIA, PLLC
  • Contractor: M. J. Takisaki, Inc.

About BEX

The Building Excellence (BEX) Capital Levy funds projects such as those that modernize or replace aging buildings, fund technology for student learning, address earthquake and safety issues and major preventive maintenance needs throughout the district.

BTA III

In February 2010, the $270M, six-year capital levy, Buildings, Technology and Academics III (BTA III), garnered support from 73.45 percent of those voting in the levy election. It was a renewal of the Buildings, Technology and Athletics (BTA II) levy, passed by voters in February 2004.

  • 2012: Modernized 4 science classrooms. Built out Skill Center
  • 2011: Replaced athletic field turf, upgraded track and made site improvements, including ADA-compliant ramp. Installed energy-conserving fan and pump motors.

BTA II

In 2004, Seattle voters approved the BTA II capital levy. The levy funded nearly 700 facility improvement projects and technology upgrades at every school in the district. 

  • 2012: Replaced boiler burners to improve energy efficiency.
  • 2009: The third and final phase of hot and cold waterline replacement at Rainier Beach brought the remaining potable waterlines up to the current Seattle Public Schools water quality policy standards.
  • 2008: HS Improvements
  • 2007: Waterline upgrade, Phase II
  • 2006: Waterline remediation
  • 2005: Title IX upgrade, locker room (girls) modernization, energy efficiency upgrades

BTA I

The $150 million Buildings, Technology and Academics/Athletics (BTA I) capital levy was approved by voters in February 1998. BTA I funded more than 465 small and large facility projects at every school in the city. The projects included safety and security upgrades, roof and window replacements and technology and athletic field upgrades.

  • 2003: Seismic, Fire Alarm System and Arts & Sciences
  • 2001: Athletic Fields Upgrades
  • 2001: Accelerated Technology Improvement Program
  • 1999: Wide Area Network
  • 1999: Replace Gym Athletic Scoreboards

About BTA

The Buildings, Technology and Academics (BTA) Capital Levy supports the district’s long-range plans to upgrade and renovate aging school facilities and address enrollment growth.

The BTA IV Capital Levy was approved by voters in 2016. Seattle Public Schools will receive these levy funds from 2017 through 2022.