Raisbeck Aviation High School is a College Preparatory high school in the Highline Public School District. Founded in 2003 as the premier public high school of choice for students in Washington, we serve 410 students from over 25 school districts in the greater Puget Sound Region who wish to pursue their passion for aviation and aerospace in a learning environment that prepares them for higher education, citizenship and work. With 45 different courses taught by 19 professional certified staff members, RAHS offers a project-based learning environment that prepares students for STEM professions.
To prepare all students for college, career, and citizenship through a personalized, rigorous, and relevant learning experience that is facilitated in the context of aviation and aerospace.
All students at Raisbeck Aviation High School are expected to complete a demanding course of studies over their four years, including at least one Advanced Placement course. Staff members hold students to high academic standards, preparing them for the rigors of college life and STEM careers.
Highlights of our Academic Program:
All students must earn a minimum of 24 credits to graduate. All students are required to take Aviation Careers and Aerospace Engineering along with their core courses. In addition, all students commit to taking at least on AP class during their time at RAHS.
A range of elective courses are available to students including 4 years of World Language, Aviation Photography, Leadership, Yearbook, Fight by Design, Robotics, Astronomy, Digital Electronics, Aerospace Engineering, CAD Engineering, Journalism, Fine Arts, Computer Programming, Aviation Business, and Aviation Entrepreneurship.
College Planning and Preparation
Ensuring all students are well prepared to attend the college of their choice is a trademark of Raisbeck Aviation High School. The college-planning program at RAHS is student-centered, comprehensive, and embedded in the design and daily operations of the school. Requirements align with Washington State College Admissions.
Weekly Advisory time provides all students the opportunity to participate in college and career planning activities. During the student’s four years at RAHS, they will finalize their personal High School and Beyond Plan, use individual interest surveys to consider options for their future, and complete research on apprenticeships, technical programs, and two and four-year colleges.
- Junior and Senior students attend college admissions panels and a college admission basics presentation
- Junior students participate each year in the college admission seminar on such topics as essays, college selection, financial aid, and SAT/ACT/Subject tests.
- Sophomores attend yearly Field Trips to destinations such as the University of Washington Aerospace Engineering Department
- All Freshmen complete the Aviation Careers and Aerospace Engineering courses and explore the Museum of Flight
- All students attend an annual College Fair
- Our Annual Financial Aid Night covers FAFSA, CSS Profile, and WASFA
- College Admissions personnel from all over the US are frequent visitors to campus to present to students and families
All students at RAHS have the opportunity to participate in a variety of “Sports of the Minds” teams and other extra-curricular clubs.
- Award winning Science Olympiad Team
- Three-time National Champion Green Energy/Solar Car Team
- Phoenix Force Robotics Team
- State and National level Speech and Debate Team
- The Aviation Career Experience (ACE)
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
- Championship International Space Settlement Design Team
- Service Clubs -Interact Club and Key Club
- National Honor Society
- Black Student Union
- Gay Straight Alliance Club
- Women in Aviation International
School Recognitions and Honors
US News and World 2021 Report Gold Status #3 High School in Washington; #126 out of more than 24,000 schools in the US.
In 2022, 133 students tool 223 Advanced Placement exams.
The Class of 2022 graduated 100% of students, 93% of whom met College Readiness standards. 27 Graduates in the Class of 2022 are Washington Honor Recipients, placing them in the top 10% of all graduates in the state. 21 graduates earned the Seal of Bi-literacy. 2022 Graduates earned over $4.0 million in scholarships and performed over 7150 hours of community service in their four years of high school.
The Sky is NOT the Limit
Principal: Therese Tipton
School Dean: Jacob Savishinsky
Counselor: Katie Carper
Student Count: 410
Median Class GPA: 3.75
Accreditation: Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD) State of Washington
Grading and Ranking: 4.0 out of 4.0 Unweighted GPA
- A = 4.0
- B = 3.0
- C = 2.0
- D = 1.0
- F = 0.0
- W = Withdrawal
- P = Pass
Grades are based on a traditional 60 - 100% scale
Advanced Courses Offered:
- Advanced Physics
- AP Env. Science
- AP Calculus AB
- AP Calculus BC
- AP Language
- AP Literature
- AP US History
- AP Spanish Lang
- AP Statistics
- AP Computer Science
- UW in the HS English
- UW in the HS Astronomy
PSAT Mean Score: 1074
SAT Mean Score: 1136
- English 29.5
- Math 28.4
- Reading 28.8
- Science 27.5
- Composite 28.7
Smarter Balanced State Assessment:
- ELA 94% Pass
- Math 76% Pass
AP Avg. Test Scores:
- AP Lang 3.2
- AP Lit 4.1
- AP US History 2.7
- AP Calc AB/Subs 3.5
- AP Calc BC 3.5
- AP Spanish 4.3
- AP Physics 2 2.3
- AP Env. Sci 3.1
- AP Chemistry 3.1
National Merit Scholars:
- Semifinalists: 1
- Commended: 4
- Four-Year College: 93%
- Two-Year College: 4%
- Military/Academy: 1%
- Undecided 2%
- American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
- Asian: 24%
- Black or African American: 10%
- Hispanic: 17%
- Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 1%
- Two or More Races: 10%
- White: 38%
Free & Reduced Lunch: 28%