Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

Middle School

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.


6020 Rainier Ave S, 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

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Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

6020 Rainier Ave S,

Seattle, WA 98118

Phone: (206) 659-0956