• Highline Public Schools has a new video that illustrates our bold goals for students. The animated five-minute video follows a family on Highline's "path to success," telling the story without a single word.

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White Center Heights Elementary prepares thoughtful scholars for a global community.
White Center Heights is a Kindergarten to Grade 6 school in the White Center area of West Seattle. We have students and parents from 41 different countries. Eighty percent of our students speak at least one other language in addition to English.

We do many things to help our families. We provide free breakfast for all students and a free and reduced price lunch program that serves over 90% of our students. We have a family support program to help families in need. We hold many different family events with the community.

Our school focuses on academic achievement and positive behavior. Our vision is to prepare all of our students to be successful at middle school and beyond. To do this, we work with our families and the White Center community to provide support to our students.

White Center Heights Elementary School has a staff that is dedicated to the students and their families.


Hello White Center Heights Families and Community Members,

I am in my second year as principal of White Center Heights in 2013-14. I am committed to working with families, teachers, and the community partners to support our students to achieve great things!

I have worked in public education for a long time. Before coming to White Center Heights I was the Assistant Principal at Madrona Elementary in Sea Tac. I was a classroom teacher and literacy coach in Bellevue and Seattle. I have been an instructor at the University of Washington in the Teacher Education program. Early in my career I was a classroom teacher, district consultant, and school principal in Australia.

My vision for WCH Elementary is that when our students leave WCH Elementary, they are ready for middle school and beyond. This means they will be:
- Academically successful by being confident and capable with the Common Core State Standards;
- Self-disciplined to work independently, remain focused on their learning, and make good choices;
- Proud of their heritage and compassionate towards others in the community; and,
- Able to communicate and build good relationships with adults and other children.

We have amazing teachers and staff at WCH. They work hard every day to ensure our children learn. But we need help and support from our families and community members. We need to work together – teachers and families and administration and community members - working with our children to ensure they are successful and confident people.

At WCH Elementary we will be focusing on the district priorities which include:
- Implementing Math in Focus K-6
- Making our reading and writing workshop stronger so we can meet the interests and needs of students to ensure their literacy skills are strong
- Providing different types of intervention to support children who need extra help in reading and math;
- Making our school safe by using positive discipline and a strong PBIS program to teach students behavior expectations and have clear consequences for misbehavior; and,
- Understanding ways we can improve equity and better teach some groups of children in our school.

I look forward to working with you all to ensure our students find success in 2013-14.

Anne Reece (PhD)


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    Highline middle schools will include grades 6, 7, and 8 starting in the 2015-16 school year or later. The decision to move sixth grade to middle school comes after months of studying enrollment projections, staff and community feedback, and academic research.

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  • Faith Leader Forum Aims to Build Stronger Community

    Faith leaders from around the community participated in Highline's Spring Faith Leader Forum. The forum was an opportunity to discuss ways the district and faith communities can work together to make our schools and our community stronger.

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