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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Paraeducators Get A Raise This Month

Great news for paraeducators in Highline Public Schools! The Highline School Board has approved a significant pay raise for paraeducators, effective this September.

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Heavy Metal Summer Program

11 high school students from Evergreen and Highline high schools gained valuable hands-on experience this summer with skilled trades workers thanks to the Heavy Metal Summer Experience (HMSE) partnership with McKinstry.

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Four students using construction tools.

Building Their Futures

Highline students in hard hats picked up hammers and drills this summer to dive into paid, work-based learning. A program from ANEW introduced the construction trades. The goal: a boost to confidence in their futures, plus marketable job skills.

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Welcome Back Highline!

School bells are ringing, classrooms are buzzing and hallways are full. Students are back to school! 

Superintendent Duran joined our teachers and school staff across Highline in giving our students a warm welcome. 

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Where's My Bus Stop?

Use our online tool to look up your bus route and schedule. Be ready for school!

Find Your Bus!

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It's Brat Trot Time!

Help raise funds for the Highline Schools Foundation at the 2023 Burien Brat Trot on Saturday, October 7. 

Register to run or walk a new 5k route that starts at Town Square Park and ends back at Town Square Park for the annual Oktoberfest celebration.

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2023-24 School Calendar

First day of school? Here is a look at the 2023-24 school calendar! 

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School Meals Available at No Cost

Even though meals are at no cost for everyone, you may be asked to complete an income survey to access other discounts and benefits.

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ParentSquare is Here!

Effective and clear communication is critical for the success of our students and schools. We are excited to announce that we are adopting a new form of school-to-home communication in Highline called ParentSquare

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Register For Fall, Winter And Spring Sports Now! 

Are you interested in playing a sport this year? Don’t be left in the grandstands. Register through Final Forms. 

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

Highline Headlines - September 22

This week's Highline Headlines includes information about the pay raise for our paraeducators, a life after high school event, how to join the Special Education Family Panel and the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee and more. 

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In response to family feedback last spring and consultation with the Family Action Committee, we are pleased to introduce an improved family calendar for the upcoming year.

Students at graduation

Join us for Life After High School Night! Students and families can learn about life after high school, internships and jobs at a College and Career Fair on October 11. 

Paraeducators Get a Raise This Month

Paraeducators in Highline Public Schools are getting a significant pay raise, starting with their September paychecks. Highline paraeducators will now earn a minimum of $25 an hour.

Seven students in hard hats pose around table they are building.

Students were busy getting ready for their futures outside Highline High School this summer. The buzzing of their miter and table saws, sanders and drills was the first clue. An introduction into the construction trades, the ANEW Youth Exploration Program provided the two-week, paid summer training.

Highline Headlines - September 15

This week's Highline Headlines includes information about Standards-Based Grading, school construction updates and two routine immunization clinics. 

SBG, Standards-based grading

We want to tell you about a new instructional approach we are using across Highline: Standards-Based Grading (SBG). Standards-based grading measures your student's progress toward the learning goals for their grade, as determined by the state of Washington.


Highline Public Schools is partnering with Stepping Stone Pediatrics to host two free vaccination clinics on September 22 and October 5.

Brat Trot 2023

Help raise funds for the Highline Schools Foundation at the 2023 Burien Brat Trot on Saturday, October 7. Register to run or walk a new 5k route that starts at Town Square Park in downtown Burien followed by the annual Oktoberfest celebration.. Create a team to receive a discount code for registration. When registering, make sure to note your Highline school affiliation. The school with the most affiliated runners will win $500 for their school or PTA.

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.


at a Glance

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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 7 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 2021 was 83.5%. That's an increase of 21 point rise since 2013.

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