Vision: Rainier Valley Leadership Academy is and anti-racist collaborative community school focused on dismantling systemic oppression through scholar leadership.

Mission: We fulfill our vision by ensuring scholars are college and career ready by providing an anti-racist education, opportunities for collaborative problem solving, and community leadership experiences.

The RVLA Difference

Rainier Valley Leadership Academy is a public, tuition-free, charter school, providing an anti-racist collaborative community and rigorous education, while providing access to civic leadership and college success for all scholars in Seattle.

RVLA is a 6-11 public charter school serving the Seattle Community. We respect and celebrate the wealth and vitality of the ethnic and cultural traditions that thrive in our neighborhood. Our mission is to put every child on the path to success in college and career, leadership, and life.

We integrate college and career-ready and hands-on instruction to expose all scholars to a variety of authentic experiences. Our teachers use data driven collection to meet scholar needs and differentiation. We use common planning time and collaborative team time to analyze data to inform instruction. We provide a teacher mentor for every scholar, and focus on personalized learning.

RVLA boasts a highly-qualified and diverse faculty and staff that not only have excellent educational credentials, but also bring to their classrooms many years of dedication to scholar success and passion for our mission. Our small school community allows adults to know each and every scholar by name, strength and need. We pride ourselves on building and maintaining close relationships with scholars and families.

Our academic model is based around a college going culture with high expectations and high support, including acceleration and intervention. Technology and art electives will also be included for all scholars in grades 9-11.

Every scholar will also receive a teacher mentor responsible for overseeing and supporting their academic and personal growth.

We look forward to sharing more about how we put your child on the pathway for college and career readiness.

RVLA History

RVLA opened in August 2017, starting with our first sixth grade class, and has recently grown to a full 6-12th grade school.

In 2018 we welcomed our first 9th grade class and became a middle/high school.

In 2020, RVLA officially became an independent charter school and moved forward with a new brand, mission, and pillars.

At full capacity we will serve 6th - 12th grade scholars.

Panther Habits

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.

Our Pillars


Collaborative Community






Collaborative Community

RVLA is designed for the community, by the community. We honor our past and present by celebrating the voice of our community, and we exceed what is possible by using our collective strength. We focus on positive affirmation, helping scholars uniquely assess, engage, collaborate, and improve their communities with what they’ve learned at RVLA.

  • We provide multi-directional feedback opportunities, giving our scholars multiple opportunities to learn
  • We help scholars participate in decision making by including relevant and relatable social issues
  • We incorporate the diverse experiences and cultures from our community’s leaders
  • We build a sense of belonging and encourage supportive relationships



We continuously address racism with urgency and action by decolonizing and dismantling systems of oppression to empower our community. We support our scholars by giving them a sense of belonging, self-advocacy, and supported the skills needed to better critically assess systems and improve their communities through equity, justice, and community change.

  • We decolonize curriculum and tip the balance of power through equitable practices
  • We educate, speak up, and call out racism and microaggressions
  • We teach our scholars to recognize unconscious bias in historic and current events, and to rigorously question the status quo
  • We cultivate social emotional skills and we celebrate neurodiversity
  • We recognize that power systems have historically and currently been developed to marginalize specific groups


Leadership Focused

Leadership goes beyond positions of power and comes in many forms. We elevate the voice of our future local and global leaders by teaching critical thinking, advocacy for self and others and challenging our scholars to speak out and ask questions. We help them build skills in emotional intelligence that can be translated to the future career choices.

  • We embed both long- and short-term leadership opportunities and projects throughout a scholar’s day, with practice opportunities expanding each year
  • We challenge our scholars to act with integrity and know when to step up and step back
  • We promote community partnerships, entrepreneurship opportunities and internships, providing opportunities and cultivating scholar leadership
  • We support scholars in setting their own goals and making the plans needed to reach them