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Program Updates

Earlier Start

Learn about our Earlier Start Initiative!

A Rewarding Career Path

A scholar with a passion for photography finds a rewarding career!

College Support for Scholar Success

College visits freshmen year provide scholars essential, in-person support from their counselors.

Colleges and Universities with 2015 Rainier Scholars Graduates

Rainier Scholars is proud to celebrate the upcoming graduation of scholars from 25 colleges across the nation!

High School Scholars Tackle Tough Issues at Leadership Retreat

Rainier Scholars students analyze and present findings on obstacles to educational equity.

Colleges and universities attended by Cohorts I - VI 2014 - 2015

We currently serve 176 scholars at 73 different colleges and universities in 22 states.

Cohort VI transitioning to college

Summer retreat to prepare rising college freshmen.

High School Senior Scholars headed to college this fall

Congratulations to Cohort VI on their college decisions!

Cohort I and II scholars are college graduates and career professionals

Rainier Scholars first graduates emerged, spring of 2013.

Phase One: Academic Enrichment (AEP)
Grade 6

Beginning in 6th grade, the 14-month academic enrichment component is designed to prepare and place scholars in college preparatory environments in public school advanced learning programs or private schools. With focus areas of Science, Math, Literature and History, scholars receive more than 700 hours of additional instructional time and complete more than 300 hours of homework. This phase is often referred to as the "academic boot camp" that ensures scholars not only survive, but thrive in college preparatory settings.


At the end of the 14 month AEP phase, we celebrate with a Rites of Passage Ceremony.

This event marks a great achievement. We gather to honor hard work with a purpose. The first steps on a pathway to college. An important milestone filled with layers of meaning and the development of strong bonds and a deep sense of pride.

Our whole Rainier Scholars community comes together to celebrate their hard work and completion of this rigorous phase TOGETHER.

Here is a photo gallery showcasing our 2016 ceremony:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hz4vkof43zmmwqr/AAB1ROFuSQqgYZ5o4WE_v_sAa?dl=0