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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Inspiring Hearts and Minds

Erin Enquist is this year's Gold Star Award Teacher of the Year recipient. Despite a terminal diagnosis two years ago, Erin's resilience has deepened her dedication to creating a nurturing environment where every student feels valued.

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Teacher Kristen O'Connor speaking with student about their work

Creating a Sense of Belonging 

Special education teacher Kristen O'Connor, recipient of the Gold Star Award for Rookie Teacher of the Year, exemplifies inclusive education at Gregory Heights Elementary.

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Highline High School graduates 2023

2024 Graduation Schedule

Join us in celebrating our graduates! This year's ceremonies will take place at the ShoWare Center and the Highline Performing Arts Center. Visit our graduation page for specific dates and locations.

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Director Tidholm to Host Community Event

School Board Director Stephanie Tidholm is hosting an event for families and students in the White Center community to talk about and address safety in the community. 

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PSSC Culinary Arts students in the kitchen

Culinary Arts & Sciences at PSSC

The classrooms at Puget Sound Skills Center are not your typical high school classrooms. Students split their day between their home high schools and the skills center.

See how our students are gaining the expertise to explore their culinary passions.

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PSSC student in dental assisting class

Hands on Training at Puget Sound Skills Center

At PSSC, high school juniors and seniors prepare for future careers through 19 specialized programs,. Here’s a look at one of PSSC’s most popular programs, Dental Assisting.

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2024-25 School Calendar

Here is a look at the tentative 2024-25 school calendar. This calendar is pending approval by our Highline Education Association (teachers union) members and the Highline Board of Directors.

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Students at Waskowitz

Career Exploration at Waskowitz

Do you know a high school student interested in strengthening their leadership skills and exploring career pathways in education, teaching, counseling or environmental science? Waskowitz is seeking Highline students to serve as high school leaders in May. 

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Calling All Future Kindergarten Students 

If you have a child who will be 5 years old by August 31, it's time to think about kindergarten. The 2024-25 school year is just around the corner, and believe it or not, now is the time to enroll.  

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Evergreen High School 2023 graduates.

Living Our Promise

Imagine the possibilities for students when our entire community embraces the Highline Promise - knowing every student by name, strength, and need, ensuring they graduate prepared for their chosen future. Our strategic plan leads the way.

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

Highline Headlines - May 17

This week's Highline Headlines include information about upcoming community events, senior last day, no school reminder and more. 

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We have seen an increase in threats to school safety posted on social media platforms or in text messages. We treat threats on digital media—and all threats—seriously. All threats are reported to Safety & Security and law enforcement and are investigated. Students may not be aware that posting a threat on social media, text, or any digital media is a crime that can carry serious legal consequences.

Board Directors Azeb Hagos and Melissa Petrini

School Board Directors Azeb Hagos and Melissa Petrini will host a community conversation on Tuesday, June 4 for families and students across Highline to talk about and learn more about student learning. 

Highline Headlines - May 10

In this week's headlines, read about our last day of school, helmet tips, next board meeting and our delicious menu. 

Helmet Safety This May: Bike to School and Work Month

May is National Bike to School and Work Month. As you hop on your bicycles, please remember the importance of wearing helmets. According to a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, bicycle helmets reduce head injury by 48% and serious head injury by 60%.

Highline Headlines - May 3

In this week's Highline Headlines we celebrate our school lunch heros! Read more headlines about the next school board meeting, next week's lunch menu, safety tips and more. 

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The safety of our students and staff is always our first priority. We want to emphasize that we take every safety concern seriously. Whether it's something a student sees in the hallway, hears from a classmate, or reads in a private post on social media, we encourage students to speak up if they see or hear something that might be concerning.

Our Promise

Every student in Highline Public Schools is known by name, strength and need, and graduates prepared for the future they choose.

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Our Goals

Culture of Belonging
culture of belonging

A culture where all are welcome, valued, and safe.

Innovative Learning
Innovative Learning

Academic experiences that engage, empower, and challenge every student.

Bilingual & Biliterate
Bilingual & Biliterate

Multicultural skills that enable students to live, work, and communicate across cultures.

Future Ready
Future Ready

Students explore possibilities and develop mindsets that prepare them for a changing future.

Highline

at a Glance

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17,290

STUDENTS

17,290

STUDENTS

Our students represent many diverse and culturally-rich backgrounds. Our diversity is an asset. Our students learn from one another and graduate prepared to live and work in an increasingly multicultural world.

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LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Our top 8 languages are:

  1. English
  2. Spanish
  3. Vietnamese
  4. Somali
  5. Amharic
  6. Punjabi
  7. Arabic
  8. Khmer

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1,193

CLASSROOM TEACHERS

1,193

CLASSROOM TEACHERS

The single most important driver of student achievement is an excellent teacher in the classroom. Highline is in the top 12 out of 295 Washington districts in the number of National Board Certified Teachers.

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SCHOOLS

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schools

Highline has 18 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, and 4 comprehensive high schools serving neighborhoods in Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and White Center. Families may also want to explore our 7 choice schools or multiple alternative education options. 

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22.5 POINTS

RISING GRADUATION RATE

22.5 POINT RISE

IN GRADUATION RATE

Highline's graduation rate has been on a steady rise for the past decade. The on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2023 was 84.8%. That's an increase of 22.5 point rise since 2013.

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