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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First Day of School

We're excited to welcome back students grades 1-12 on September 1. See the 2022-23 school calendar for a glance at key dates this school year.

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A Message from Superintendent Duran

"It is a great honor to begin my role as your new superintendent. The opportunity to serve Highline’s students, staff, families, and community is a source of great joy, excitement, and optimism."

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Board Places Next-Phase Bond on Ballot

The Highline School Board voted unanimously to place the next school bond on November 8 election ballots. The construction bond would pay to rebuild two high schools and a middle school plus fund critical capital  improvement projects across the district—without raising the current tax rate.

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Sneak Peek into the 2022-23 School Calendar

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

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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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Stories from the Class of 2022

The graduating class of 2022 is full of changemakers. They demonstrate a deep commitment to their communities. With big goals and the determination to make a positive impact, we wholeheartedly believe they will change the world for the better. 

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My Highline Story: Educators Share Their Teaching Journey

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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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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Latest News

Dr. Ivan Duran and his family.

With the new school year around the corner, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome our new superintendent, Dr. Ivan Duran, to the Highline team. To help you get to know Dr. Duran, we invite you to watch this story. 

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We want you to be ready for the start of the school year. Here are eight things to do as you get ready for the first day of school. 


Here is a look at the 2022-23 school calendar. These dates and breaks are reflected on our website calendar. 

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Join a curriculum adoption committee for the 2022-23 school year. In addition to continuing the adoption process for 6-12 music, K-8 science and upper-level math, new committees are being formed for a biology and health curriculum adoption. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on September 16.

Highline Headlines - August 5

Today's headlines: Get support with enrollment and ParentVUE, save the date for the first day of school 2022, learn about the Prop. 1 School Bond, and sign up for voluntary student accident insurance. 

Highline Headlines - July 25

Highline Headlines: Get support with online enrollment and ParentVUE set up. This is the last week of Free Summer Meals.  

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.


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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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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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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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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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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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