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

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 Valley Leadership Academy (RVLA) Middle School opened its doors last year for the first time to the families of Rainier Valley. This fall, we are welcoming a partnering high school, RVLA High School, to the family of Green Dot Public Schools in Washington. Like our middle school, RVLA High School offers a high quality, public, tuition-free education focused on college prep — aimed at serving the diverse populations of Southeast Seattle. A ribbon cutting ceremony was recently held to celebrate the schools and the opening of RVLA Middle School’s new campus — and yes, this is something we should celebrate as a community.