Important Message About COVID-19

(Updated April 8, 2020, 1:00 PM)

Tuesday, March 17th is the first day of virtual school for all Summit students.
School starts at your regular time (8:20am for most schools). Parents, please continue to check your email for important notices from the school.

Detailed information for families and students during COVID-19 closure >>

Meal Service Plan: Contact us to pick up meals for your children or learn more about access to food in our community.

Summit Rainier is a free, public high school serving grades 9 – 12 in East San Jose.  Our mission at Rainier is to prepare diverse group of students for success in college, and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society.  At Summit Rainier, we believe that every student is capable of being college and career ready and should have access to high-performing 21st century schools that prepare them for success in college, career and life.



Summit students receive consistent, relevant, and personalized support seamlessly integrated into their school day as they drive towards their academic and personal goals. Every Summit student has a dynamic Personalized Learning Plan and is able to access all of the learning tools and resources they need at any time.


Summit students are self-directed learners. From the day they arrive, Summit students are encouraged and coached to develop the different facets of self-directed learning – Challenge Seeking, Persistence, Strategy-Shifting, Response to Setbacks, and Appropriate Help Seeking.


All Summit graduates meet or exceed four-year college entrance requirements. All Summit students demonstrate competency in college preparatory course work in five core subjects and the visual arts.


Every single student is known by every faculty member, and teachers continuously collaborate to ensure students have the feedback and practice they need to become empowered learners. Every Summit student has at least one adult mentor and coach, who individually supports them to set goals, make a plan to achieve those goals.


11/14/2019 – Letter to Rainier Community (updated December 2019)

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Summit Rainier is just the type of school we were looking for when my son started high school. A small school with a wonderful community and college prep program for ALL students. He is a 2017 graduate going on to college at San Jose State, a direct result of the commitment of the Rainier Staff and academic structure. Their mentorship program (1 on 1 weekly meeting) with their mentor gives personal attention every week to develop skills of communication and direction and keeps the students on track for success. Rainier’s welcoming warm staff truly gives each student a sense of belonging.

The environment is extremely accepting of all students with lots of sports, clubs and social activities to keep the kids interested.

I would recommend this school over neighboring schools. Rainier is truly a hidden gem.

Helen Sironen
Parent of Summit Rainier