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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 Two: Academic Counseling and Support (ACSS)
Grades 7-9

Once scholars are enrolled in an advanced learning program or independent school, we help ensure that that they thrive in the program by providing ongoing academic and socio-emotional support, including:

  • Monthly one-on-one meetings at their schools
  • Weekly tutoring
  • Monthly social and cultural activities with other Rainier Scholars
  •  Annual student and family meetings to address all aspects of high school and college planning
  • Opportunities for service learning and community volunteer involvement
  • Ongoing academic enrichment and STEM opportunities 

Recognizing that a child's education involves the whole household, we support the families of our students by partnering with parents to advocate for children in school and linking families to support services. We encourage scholars to apply the many skills and tools learned during the 14-month academic enrichment phase to continue to strive towards academic excellence and serve as models for self-motivated and self-advocating learners who take risks and move out of their comfort zones to maximize their educational potential.

Summer Learning Opportunities

We encourage productive summer learning opportunities for all of our students. Here's a sample of activities ACSS students participate in during the summer:

  • Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School
  • Phillips Andover Academy Summer School
  • The Hotchkiss School Summer Portals Program
  • Choate School Summer Program
  • Summer Legal Institute for Future Lawyers of Color
  • Princeton University "Adventures of the Mind" Conference
  • NOAA Science Camp
  • BioQuest Academy at the University of Washington