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

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

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EquitySymposium-ELEVATE

Help us ELEVATE at our 2022 Equity Symposium on August 23. Share your Highline story or equity work by speaking in our opening session or presenting at a breakout session. Students, families, and community presenters will receive a $100 honorarium. Submit your proposal or nomination by May 27.

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Committee Recommends Evergreen/Tyee/Pacific Bond to Board

Two community members and a high school student, all from Highline’s volunteer Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC), recommended the next school bond at the school board meeting this week.

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Sneak Peek into the 2022-23 School Calendar

Time to start planning! Here is a look at the tentative 2022-23 school calendar.

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Thank You, Teachers!

In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, we are sharing the stories of three Highline teachers. We asked what inspired them to become educators and what keeps them motivated. While each story is unique, they all share a deep commitment to student success. 

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Staff member takes a student's temperature at school.

Federal COVID-Relief Dollars

You may have heard the federal government is giving millions of dollars to schools to address COVID-related expenses. These are one-time funds to help schools maintain operations through the challenges of the pandemic. Here is a look at some of the ways we are investing COVID-relief funds in Highline.

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Dr. Duran and school board

School Board Approves New Superintendent's Contract

At its Wednesday night meeting, the Highline School Board approved the contract for Dr. Ivan Duran as Highline's next superintendent. Dr. Duran will take the helm on July 1.

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Do You Know a Child Who will be 5 Years Old by August 31? 

It's time to enroll in kindergarten! You can enroll online. 

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Highline Virtual Elementary Applications Are Open

Students can apply for enrollment through a waitlist if space is available. We are currently evaluating applications on a weekly basis. 

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

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Tekerz Robotics and Skunk Works Robotics are competitive robotics teams based in the Highline area. Both teams are looking for new members.

Students in class at Highline High School

Highline and its community partners have been awarded a grant for $1,596,798 over two years by King County. We will work closely with grant partners Highline College, Northwest Education Access and Becoming a Man to form the Highline Promise Partnership which will provide enhanced college and career exploration and experiences, family engagement, post-secondary transition support and intensive retention and completion services for males of color. 

Southern Heights Shines in Farewell Celebration

Former students, teachers and principals gathered to connect and reminisce in the sunshine before the school closes it doors at the end of this school year. Enjoy this album of photos.

hands in a circle, coming together

Words are inadequate to convey the heartbreak and anger I feel following the senseless loss of life in Uvalde, Texas yesterday. Let’s come together and do what needs to be done, for the sake of today’s children and generations of children to come.

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In the wake of the tragic fatal school shooting in Texas, students may be experiencing trauma and fear about their safety at school. Here are some resource to help you support your student.

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

School Culture
school culture

Our schools are welcoming and safe places where students and staff are respected and supported to succeed

Growth & Mastery
growth & mastery

Students will make a minimum of one year of growth annually, meeting or exceeding standards in all grade levels.

Digital & Media Literacy
digital & media literacy

Students will graduate with the problem solving and critical thinking skills necessary to live and work responsibly in a digital world.

Bilingual & Biliterate
Bilingual & Bilterate

Students will graduate bilingual and biliterate.

High School Graduation
High School Graduation

Students will graduate from high school prepared for the future they choose.

Highline

at a Glance

More Fast Facts

17,713

STUDENTS

17,713

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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1,172

CLASSROOM TEACHERS

1,172

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 6 choice schools or multiple alternative education options. 

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21 POINTS

RISING GRADUATION RATE

21 POINT RISE

IN GRADUATION RATE

Highline's graduation rate has been on a steady rise for the past 7 years. The on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2020 was 83.8%. That's an increase of 21 point rise since 2013.

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