Rainier Beach High School is a public secondary school in the Seattle Public Schools system. It is located in the Rainier Beach area, in the southeastern part of the city of Seattle, Washington, United States. The school historically has had a strong emphasis on team sports, and many championship teams. The building has a capacity of 1,200 students, but enrollment has declined greatly in recent years. In 2006, 1,302 of the 1,600 high school students living in the Rainier Beach neighborhood traveled out of the area each morning to attend other high schools. In 2008-09, Rainier Beach began the year with 453 students and ended with about 295, giving an average monthly enrollment of 374. Sixty students chose it as their first choice. In 2013 the school began offering an International Baccalaureate program.AcademicsAdvanced Placement classes are offered in mathematics, statistics, language arts, history/politics, music theory, and studio art. In 2008-09, 15% of Rainier Beach students took at least one AP class (about 75 students). Of these, 10% passed the AP exams (about 7 or 8 students). Rainier Beach offers 17 ELL classes. Spanish and French are offered as foreign languages. There is an after school Arabic Languages program. In 2009, over 61% of 10th grade students passed the state reading test, 17.6% passed the math test, and 6% met minimum standards in all three basic subjects - reading, writing and math. In 2009, 9.8% passed the science test, up from 3% in 2006. On average, 76% of enrolled students attend school on any given day. Of the class of 2009, 64.2% of entering freshmen, and 86% of entering senior class members (86 of 100), eventually graduated. 2009 42% of Graduating Class went on to 2yr or 4yr Colleges or Universities.2010 57% of Graduating Class went on to 2yr or 4yr Colleges or Universities. In fall 2010, 12 students from the 2010 graduating class enrolled at the University of Washington.
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