Letter to RS Scholars and Families

Dear RS Scholars and Families, On Tuesday evening, eight people were killed at three separate spas in North Georgia. Six of the people killed were Asian, and all but one were women. While many with powerful microphones in the media and politics have hesitated to speak...
Introducing Rafael del Castillo, our New Executive Director

Introducing Rafael del Castillo, our New Executive Director

After an extensive nationwide search, we are very pleased to announce that Rafael del Castillo will join Rainier Scholars on July 1, as our new executive director.   A longtime educator, with over 35 years of educational leadership experience and deep relationships...

College Support During COVID-19

By Derek Rogers, Director of College Counseling  Like most aspects of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, the college admission landscape has seen many changes in these last few months and its future is still unfolding. Whether it’s shifts in testing policy or...

Reflections from Rainier Scholars Leadership, Part 2

All, I’m heartbroken by recent events. Again and again. Mr. Little and I were exchanging texts about reading a historical account of the murder of teenager Emmett Till in Jet Magazine when we were 10 years old, one of our earliest memories of reading about our black...

Reflections from Rainier Scholars Leadership, Part 1

For a list of justice and community support resources, as well as anti-racism resources for parents, please click here. Dear Rainier Scholars Community, Like so many of you, I have spent this past week aching in heart and soul at the images of yet another brutal...

Scholars “Zoom” into Reading

by Ashley Sirls, Associate Director of Leadership Development Every summer at Rites of Passage (our 14-month Academic Enrichment Phase graduation ceremony), scholars are told that they are no longer in Rainier Scholars, but they are Rainier Scholars. This ceremony...