Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

We are a public, tuition-free, college preparatory charter school serving a diverse population in Southeast Seattle. Our mission is to help transform public education so ALL students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life.



Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

3900 S Holly Park Drive, Seattle, WA 98118

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Phone: (206) 659-0956

E-mail: InfoRVLA@greendot.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RainierValleyLeadership/

Message from the Principal


Welcome to Rainier Valley Leadership Academy in Southeast Seattle!

We are a free, charter public school that is open to all students and dedicated to serving our local community in the Rainier Valley. We are thrilled to welcome our founding class of 6th grade students beginning in August 2017. Our mission is to prepare every student for high school, college, leadership and life. Green Dot has a proven track record of aiding historically under-served students, including students from low-income backgrounds and students of color. We are committed to the following:

  • A public middle school that’s free and open to all students
  • Personalized learning for all students
  • A teacher mentor for every child
  • A college-going culture
  • Technology to enhance learning
  • Family partnerships and programming
  • Free after-school enrichment program

I was raised in the Pacific Northwest and began my career in public education in 2003 in South Central Los Angeles as a middle school math teacher. Most recently, I've had the privilege to live and serve in the Rainier Valley as the Proud Principal of Graham Hill Elementary and Assistant Principal of Aki Kurose Middle School.

We still have spaces available for our founding 6th grade class. Please contact us at (206) 659-0956 or InfoSeattle@greendot.org to learn more about Green Dot's mission to ensure that all of our students graduate prepared for high school, college, leadership and life.


Walter Chen

Founding Principal

News and Announcements

Take a tour of a Green Dot School

  Green Dot Washington’s flagship school, Destiny Middle School launched in 2015 with our first sixth grade class. Destiny will roll up to a full 6-8th grade middle school over the next three years. Take a tour of Destiny’s website to see Green Dot students and campus life in action.

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Community Meeting on Middle School Development

Over the last month, we have established our office in the church building located at 6020 Rainier Avenue South in preparation for the launch of our first school in southeast Seattle. Construction is set to begin next summer 2017 to ensure a new school facility is in use for the 2018-19 school year. Green Dot…

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Principal Walter Chen in the press

Green Dot is proud to share that Walter Chen, Principal of Green Dot Seattle Middle School, was featured in an online profile published on March 16, 2017 in International Examiner, a nonprofit pan-Asian American publication. In the article, Chen speaks with journalist Travis Quezon about his path to becoming an educator, his personal goals for the students and the…

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GDPS Washington Commits to Ensuring that all Students, Staff and Families are Supported

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Snapshot of RVLA’s first day!

Rainier Valley Leadership Academy opened its doors to our first class of 6th graders on August 21, 2017. Check out some moments from the first day of school.

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Enrollment Day was a success!

On Saturday, February 11th, we held our first ever Enrollment Day at the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club. Families enrolled their child for the 2017-18 school year as part of our founding sixth grade class! They snapped Polaroids of their first memories with other Green Dot families, met Green Dot staff, shared their hopes…

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We’ve Hired Our First Amazing Teachers

We’re thrilled to announce the hiring of our first two teachers, Brad Earl and Yomalis Rosario. Mr. Earl is our founding 6th grade Math teacher. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. in Kinesiology and Sports Studies with a minor in Business Administration. He is currently finishing his Master’s degree in Secondary Education…

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Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

3900 S Holly Park Drive

Seattle, WA 98118

Phone: (206) 659-0956