• ACE High School Weekly Bulletin

    Check out what is happening this week!

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  • Read Our School Performance Report

    The 2015-16 School Performance Report for ACE High School is now available on our website. We invite you to read about the progress our students are making, learn about plans we are implementing this year, and find out how to become more involved in our school and the education of your student.

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  • Prevent Mumps: Know the Facts

    An outbreak of mumps has developed in King County, mainly in the Auburn area, but the outbreak can easily spread to other schools and areas in King County. Get informed about how to prevent mumps, what the symptoms are, and what state vaccine requirements and exemptions are for schools and students.

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  • Emergency Snow Bulletin / School Bus Transportation

    In the event of snow, windstorms, earthquake, or similar events, Highline Public Schools may change school start or dismissal times for student safety.

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  • District Graduation Rate Continues Rise

    Did you hear? Highline’s graduation rate has risen for the third year in a row, to nearly 75 percent for the Class of 2016. The official graduation rate of 74.8 percent represents a jump of more than 12 points in two years. The increase comes at a time when standards for graduation are higher than ever and increasing numbers of Highline students are taking challenging, advanced coursework.

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The Academy of Citizenship and Empowerment is an intellectually vibrant learning community in which students and adults engage in real world issues of social justice and are empowered to use their voice to contribute to society and become active citizens. Through these authentic, community-based experiences, students are developing 21st Century skills in order to be prepared for college, the careers of the future and to navigate our complex world.

*At ACE, an intellectually vibrant learning community
  • Takes place in the classroom and beyond the school walls
  • Is experiential, relevant, rigorous and integrated
  • Students, staff and the community learn in partnership

At ACE, 21st Century Skills focus on
  • Collaboration
  • Technology literate and able to adapt to new and emerging technologies
  • Development of adaptive intellectual behaviors
  • Information literacy, including researching and creating knowledge

At ACE, Social Justice means
  • Engaging in a democratic process
  • Investigating complex social, political and environmental issues from various perspectives
  • Honoring all voices and speaking for those who do not have a voice*
ACE works with a variety of organizations & agencies. They are Treehouse, NAVOS, Health Point, Ruth Dykeman, Consejo, Planned Parenthood & the TOP program, College Success Foundation, Career Link, Aventa Online School, PSSC & the VITAL program, Camp Waskowitz, the Y, Project Ready @ Seattle Pacific University, AVID, and College in the High School.


  • Nicole Fitch Welcome ACE High School students, parents, guardians, and families,

    It is an honor to welcome you to ACE for the 2016-2017 school year.  Our talented staff are prepared to support your rigorous academic needs throughout the months ahead as your child prepares for graduation.  Last school year we saw a gain in the graduation rate for our school, and we are committed to providing opportunities for students to catch up and get back on track so they can graduate in four years with their peers. See your counselor for more details if you need support.

    At ACE, we continue to strengthen our community by building positive relationships through our advisory program, Empowerment, our PBIS strategies, and a vast array of after school clubs and activities. We also have nearly twenty community partnerships who provide resources and acceleration opportunities for all of our students.  Even with all of this help, we can’t do it without you, our families. I’d like to personally invite you to become a volunteer on campus by contacting our front office and joining our campus during lunch or dismissal on the days that work for you. Please reach out to us for volunteering, with questions, or with concerns by calling 206.631.6400.


    Nicole Fitch 


About Us

Academy of Citizenship & Empowerment (ACE)
at the Tyee Educational Complex
4424 South 188th St
SeaTac, WA 98188


Office Hours
6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

School Hours (Monday-Thursday)
7:25 a.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Early Release Days (Friday)

7:25 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.

Nicole Fitch

Assistant Principal
Philip Willenbrock

Athletic Director & Campus Manager
Justin Kesterson

Office Manager
Gail Korakis

Office Assistant & Attendance

Emily Gronvold

Office Assistant and School Communication
Lisa Courter

Registrar, Student Records & Transcripts
Kidist Tasisa

Bookkeeper, Athletic Fees & Student Fine Accounts

Caitlin Perales



  • Celebrate! Highline by Nominating a Gold Star

    Nominations are now open for the 2017 Gold Star Awards, sponsored by the Highline Schools Foundation. Parents, community members, business owners, and staff are encouraged to Celebrate! Highline by nominating individuals who make an impact in Highline.

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  • The Meaning of L-O-V-E

    What does the word love mean? The world's greatest poets, authors, musicians, teachers, and philosophers have struggled with that question for centuries. For Valentine's Day, we asked the smartest and most thoughtful people we know-- our students.

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  • Snow Make-up Day is May 30

    The snow make-up day for Monday, February 6, will be Tuesday, May 30.

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  • Learn About School Schedule Decisions

    Making a decision about weather-related school closures is always difficult, because so many different situations have to be considered. We do our very best to balance the many interests at stake, but we recognize that no matter what decision we make, it will not please everyone.

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  • Highline Takes First Step Toward New Schools & Safety Upgrades

    Highline voters approved the sale of $299 million in school construction bonds last November, and today the first set of bonds was sold. The $236.8 million proceeds will fund a majority of the school construction and improvement projects in the bond package.

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Unifying Tyee

One School, One Principal

Planning & Construction

Keeping Our Promise