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. 

RVLA High School 1 (2)


6020 Rainier Ave S,

Seattle, WA, 98818

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Our high school campus will be located in a brand new building in the heart of Othello Station currently known as Othello Square. We will locate at the new middle school site for the 2018-19 and the 2019-2020 school year. We will relocate to our permanent facility in fall 2020.

We are proud to be the official school chosen by our community to anchor the historical Othello Square campus. Othello Square, in the heart of Othello Station, will be a culturally relevant and welcoming place where people in Southeast Seattle and beyond can access opportunities for higher education, high paying jobs, and support to start and keep a business. Our school will join dozens of other community-based organizations to create a culturally relevant, integrated, and welcoming place that supports communities at risk of displacement and engages and celebrates the diversity of the Othello Station and larger Rainier Valley community. You can learn more about our vision here>>.

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 the Seattle Times: “Charter Schools Attract the Families They Hoped to Get”

January 26, 2019

[Arneidra] Lloyd [runs the high school that opened] this fall, is a lifelong public-education supporter with deep ties to Seattle and recent experience as the principal of an elementary school in…

From the Seattle Times: “Charter Schools Ruled Constitutional”

January 26, 2019

The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that funding charter schools with lottery money does not violate the state constitution. Charter-school advocates called the ruling a win. “Today’s ruling is a…

From the Seattle Times: “For Teacher Diversity, Look To Alternative Schools”

January 25, 2019

Arneidra Lloyd, Seattle, principal, Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School for the Seattle Times The Times’ excellent series on teacher diversity in Washington is a much-needed deep dive into a critical issue…

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Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School

6020 Rainier Ave S,

Seattle, WA 98118

Phone: (206) 773-3234