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

Dear Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Students and Families,

We welcome you to Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Middle School’s 2018-19 school year! After an amazing founding year together, we are excited to welcome back our returning students and families and to build new relationships with our new community members. Our founding 6th grade class made incredible strides last year, surpassing state and national growth averages in Reading and Math.

At Rainier Valley Leadership Academy, we believe that all students should have the choice to attend college. We support students’ academic, social, and emotional development in our college preparation program through a partnership with our families and dedicated staff. Our vision is ambitious and our work will be difficult at times, but with courage to persevere through challenges and a shared optimism in the potential of our students, we will reach our goals. Together, we will ensure our students are prepared for success in college, leadership, and life.

I am humbled and honored to serve as our school’s proud principal and thank you for your trust and faith in our potential. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of our faculty, staff, or directly to me if you have any questions. Let’s have another great school year!


Walter Chen, Proud Principal

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    Published on 02/18/2019
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    Published on 01/17/2019
  • Celebrating a New Home for Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Middle School
    Last month, students at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy (RVLA) got a new school home. While the building will be dedicated long-term to RVLA Middle School (RVLA MS), this year the founding class of RVLA High School will also share the campus. To celebrate the new building, RVLA students and staff, along with community partners, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and shared their thoughts ... read more
    Published on 10/10/2018
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    Last year, Green Dot Public Schools opened the middle school grades for Rainier Valley Leadership Academy, and now we are excited to announce the opening of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School (RVLA HS) this fall! At the helm of RVLA HS will be Seattle native Arneidra Lloyd. “I’m honored and excited about creating a great high school in Southeast Seattle,” said Lloyd. At ... read more
    Published on 07/23/2018
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    Every teacher I’ve worked with talks about the sanctity of the “lightbulb moment”--when a concept really clicks for a student and they can engage learning with confidence. One of the many reasons I’ve become passionate about teaching computational thinking (CT) is that well-planned and well-executed CT curricula produces those moments around rigorous concepts, generally disguised in fun. In doing so, CT helps students access ... read more
    Published on 02/27/2018

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Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

6020 Rainier Ave S,

Seattle, WA 98118

Phone: (206) 659-0956


We also serve high school students.

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