The RVLA Difference

Most people don’t remember middle school very positively. There are a lot of contributing factors to that, not the least of which is the possibility of being “unseen” by teachers and staff. At Rainier Valley Leadership Academy, we see all students! Our small school community allows adults to know each and every student by name, strength and need. We pride ourselves on building and maintaining close relationships with students and families. We’ve brought together a talented staff who are committed to helping students and families achieve their goals through an academically rigorous college preparatory environment focused on high expectations and support, safety, and joy.

Words From Our Community

"There's a consistent, friendly and open communication between parents and teachers. Parents know when they can call. I have goals set up with parents through text messaging for their students. There's never a time when I have parent teacher conferences in which something was a surprise."

"I believe this school is really going to help him. I know schools are schools, but this feels more like a family."

RVLA Middle School is driven by our Core Values:


We set goals and do whatever it takes to accomplish them. We never give up. If we fail, we start again and learn from our mistakes, doing better than before.


We are responsible for our actions, our words, our belongings and our community.


We do the right thing, even when no one is watching; we acknowledge and honor ourselves and those who came before us.


We are assertive and proactive in the pursuit of our dreams. We are self-motivated and ambitious. No dream is too big to go after.


We bring our best to all we do by digging deep to learn more about ourselves, others and the world; we are excellence.

At RVLA, our teachers and staff strive to live out these core values in everything we do; they are an inherent part of our culture. We are committed to providing the following to all students who join us on our educational journey:

  • A public school that’s free and open to all students
  • Personalized learning for all students
  • A teacher mentor for every child
  • A rigorous, college-going culture
  • Technology to enhance learning
  • Family partnerships and programming
  • Free transportation options for all students

We look forward to sharing how we put your child on the pathway to college, leadership and life!

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Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

6020 Rainier Ave S,

Seattle, WA 98118

Phone: (206) 659-0956

Fax: (206) 905-6601