• Gregory Heights PTSA "Global Art Contest" for 2016

    Gregory Heights PTSA recently sponsored its 6th annual "Global Art Contest" and had the largest turnout ever with 188 participants. The goal of the contest is to create a display and school hallway that raises geographic and cultural awareness (click on title for more information)

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  • College and Career Ready Conversation

    On Tusday, Feb. 23 6:00-7:30 PM at Highline High School cafeteria (click on title for more information and Espanol)

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  • Gregory Heights’ Global Reading Contest

    We are having our in-school Global Reading challenge on February 4th. This will involve two teams of six fifth graders who have been meeting twice a week with Mrs. Johnston and I in the library during their lunches. We have been discussing and answering questions on the six titles suggested by King County Library System. A representative from KCLS will visit on Feb. 4 and ask the questions and determine our winning team. This team of six Gregory kids will represent our school at the district level (also held here at Gregory) against four other HSD school competing on February 29. The winners will go on to county wide regionals. Yeah! Gregory Heights teams for their hard work and learning!

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  • Information Shared from our Robotics Team

    Did you know that Styrofoam is recyclable? (click on title for more information)

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  • Paw Prints Newsletter Now Available Online

    You can now view our Paw Prints Newsletter online.

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  • Kindergarten Registration Begins!

    We will begin registering new kindergartners for 2016/17 on Tuesday, January 19th! Enrollment packets are available in the school office. You will need your child’s birth cert., immunization records, proof of residence (preferably a utility bill or loan/lease agreement) and all of your child’s contact information. Children must be 5 years old by August 31, 2016 to attend Kindergarten.

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  • Fieldtrips for 2015/2016 School Year

    We are sharing about our upcoming Fieldtrips as they are taking place throughout the school year (click on title for more info.).

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Our mission is to challenge students to grow to the best of their academic potential and to become self-sufficient and socially responsible citizens.

Gregory Heights is in partnership with our community for the education of children.


Gregory Heights serves a very diverse population of over 660 students in Preschool through the 6th grade.  Our boundaries go from the border aligned with Puget Sound on our west side and to the airport east of us.  Amongst our enrollment we serve 150+ ELL students, have an Early Childhood program, and two other special programs serving needs of our students. We find our students embrace and foster a positive learning environment with their peers as taught through our PBIS model.

Our kindergarten students attend kindergarten full day everyday. We kickoff our  2015-16 year in August with our “Jump Start,” which supports kindergarten students in gaining experience with school and more ease entering the school year. We had a successful year this past school year with 17 out of 20 Kindergarteners reaching benchmark in Reading.

Gregory Heights Elementary staff reviews student performance data frequently throughout each school year to ensure instruction is modified as needed based upon the data. This helped to ensure that we provide students and staff resources which will help improve our school-wide assessment scores in 2015.  In alignment with our district and state focus at Kindergarten and 1stGrade, we are hiring additional certificated staff to support students in these grades. Our Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade teachers are also participating in extensive professional development so that there is a rigorous and focused curriculum.  We will also have additional support staff assist teachers with their instruction and help identify students early that might benefit from additional reading instruction, including small-group work.

Gregory has seven complete "Netbook" labs for students to access St/Math,  MYON Reading and Lexia Phonics. This will also help students to develop on-line testing skills for as the majority of all assessments are now online.  Students in all grades receive two forty five minute sessions of St/Math on our “netbooks” on top of their daily Math in Focus instruction.

Gregory continues to have a strong committed community of families that focuses on providing basic educational supports and enrichments for all students.  PTSA, community volunteers, student teachers and interns all provide tutoring to students during and after school in both reading and math.  PTSA funds our campus Art and Language clubs, School of Rock, Dollar Book Sales, Husky Hotdogs, Robotics and many other school clubs. This year we also partnered with the City of Burien for “Girls On The Run”, a program which focuses on health and self-esteem for girls in grades 2nd -6th. We had over 40 girls participate in this program.  

Gregory is excited to again partner with the WISE Consortium in 5th and 6thgrade this coming year. This partnership will benefit both our students and teachers in helping them to be better prepared with effective STEM experiences. The Consortium consists of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington, Island Wood, The Museum of Flight, Pacific Science Center, Seattle Aquarium and Woodland Park Zoo. Gregory will also have the opportunity to team with the Burien Arts Corp in 2015 bringing in Artists to co-teach with our 5th and 6th grade Language Arts teachers.

We welcome our families and community members at all times to participate in supporting student learning here, family events, and working with the PTSA.  We have opportunities to tutor students, support the building, and several other after school activities.  Please feel free to contact me by calling the school office (206.631.3800) or email Phil Robinson.

Phil Robinson, Principal



About Us

16201 16th Avenue SW
Burien, WA 98166

Office Manager
Cheryl Smith

School Hours
8:40 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Early Release Days
8:40 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 


  • Celebrating African American History Month

    In February, we reflect on the significant role African Americans have played in U.S. history through African American History Month. Students across the district are participating in events, projects, and classroom lessons all month long.

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  • Citizens Committee Reviews Condition of Highline Schools

    The Highline Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) got a look at the condition of all district facilities this month. Synopsis and audio recordings of the January meetings now online

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  • Check Out Interactive Annual Report

    Check out our online, interactive Annual Report to the Community that puts a sharper focus on student progress. The new online tool gives our community the opportunity to dig deeper into the data and includes videos that tell the stories behind numbers.

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  • Paving a Path for the Future

    We believe in real-world education. Since last year, more than 900 students in Highline have participated in internships. Students work side-by-side working professionals to learn first-hand what it takes to build a career in a wide range of fields.

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  • Inspiring Writers in Kindergarten

    The kindergarten teacher team at Des Moines Elementary School has never seen students writing as well and as early in the school year as they do now. Like Des Moines Elementary, kindergarten and first-grade teachers across the district are seeing the impact of Highline's investments in early grades.

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Capital Facilities Advisory Committee