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Rainier Valley Leadership Academy

High 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, 98818
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Dear Rainier Valley Leadership Academy Future Students,

I am your proud principal, Arneidra Lloyd. I would like to welcome you to Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School, where the road to college starts HERE. Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School is rooted in a culture of resilience, where students, parents, faculty/staff and community members demonstrate intentional effort to surpass academic and character expectations.

I am committed to provide you with a school that delivers on the promise of eliminating historic opportunity gaps and gives all students an equitable opportunity to succeed in college, leadership and life. All staff and teachers are dedicated to changing the lives and trajectories of our students, removing barriers and creating personalized learning experiences.

At RVLA, students take rigorous preparatory courses that are aligned to national college standards as well as electives that get them ready for the real world. All students take Advanced Placement (AP) courses at RVLA. Our computational thinking program, for example, teaches students coding and app design. Our after school program includes courses in theater, music, and the culinary arts. Our staff are incredible and every student has an adult "advisor" or mentor from 9th through 12th grade who gets them prepared for college and life beyond.

At RVLA, we are building leaders. Our student leaders are active in setting school policies as well as out in the community. We are building RVLA together and we are learning what it takes to change the world.

Being a southeast Seattle native with a strong belief in education, and caring sincerely about social justice, equity and inclusion, I understand the importance of public education and community partnerships. I also understand this type of work cannot be done alone. Together we will be successful at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School.

We eagerly look forward to working with you and your family and becoming part of the village that ensures your future is bright and en route to your greatest dreams.

In partnership,


Arneidra Austin-Lloyd

Founding High School Principal

Mobile: 206-773-3234

News & Announcements

From Jesika Brooks via Medium: Computational Conversations with Eli Sheldon

February 1, 2019

“In my role as CT specialist with Green Dot, my mission is to help teachers across all disciplines answer this very question. I work with teachers across math, science, English…

From Rise Up For Students: Meet Sylvia Hadnot

February 1, 2019

By Arneidra Austin-Lloyd Meet one of the founding teachers at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School in South Seattle: Sylvia Hadnot, multicultural educator extraordinaire. From jazz to ecological history to art leadership and more, Sylvia brings…

From Northwest Asian Weekly: Quality public school option for our communities is something to celebrate

February 1, 2019

By Walter Chen, Principal of RVLA Middle School And Arneidra Lloyd, Principal of RVLA High School Thanks to the community’s warm welcome and the hard work of so many, Rainier…

Take a tour of RVLAHS

January 28, 2019

Rainier Valley Leadership Academy opened in 2016 with our first sixth grade class and now serves 6th, 7th, and 9th graders. Next year we will serve grades 6, 7, 8,…

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Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School

6020 Rainier Ave S,

Seattle, WA 98118

Phone: (206) 773-3234