Founded and operated by Highline Public Schools as an innovative math and science focused college-preparatory high school, Raisbeck Aviation High School accepts students from across the Puget Sound region. This year, we are serving students from 27 school districts. The only high school originally selected as a model for Washington’s STEM Lighthouse Program, our school has already established itself as a statewide leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
With the opening of our new facility at The Museum of Flight, we are now the only aviation-themed college preparatory school in the country to share resources with an aerospace museum. The school’s proximity to The Museum of Flight and the nearly 200 aviation-related businesses that surround Boeing Field affords students the opportunity to be inspired and informed by the region’s aerospace leaders. Academically, students consistently perform in the top five percent on state assessments. The Washington State Legislature has recognized our school as an Innovation School, a Washington Achiever School, and a Lighthouse Model of STEM Excellence.
Last year, U.S. News & World Reports bestowed gold status recognition on our school for outstanding performance in preparing all students for college, naming RAHS as the 6th top performing school in Washington State and 252nd out of more than 22,000 high schools in the country that were surveyed.
Over the years, we have developed a world-class Career Readiness program that includes students being mentored by professionals in the aviation/aerospace industries and interning in high-demand workplaces. Last summer, 170 students interned at various aerospace companies, including The Boeing Company, Planetary Resources (an asteroid mining company), Raisbeck Engineering, Aerotec Engineering, Dynon Avionics, the Federal Aviation Administration, Clay Lacy Aviation, Galvin Flying Service, Erin Air, and a host of other sites who recognize the value of inspiring and preparing students to follow a STEM education and career pathway that will fill the critical gaps in the STEM workforce.
The culture of our school is enhanced by sports of the mind teams as opposed to traditional athletic teams. Students apply their learning through participation on our FIRST or FTC Robotics teams, Science Olympiad, Speech & Debate, or Airline Career Experience (ACE) teams. Culture Club, Honor Society, and Film Club are also a big draw for many students.