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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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Seth's Story: Including Students of All Abilities

At McMicken Heights Elementary, Seth Bobbitt's joy and curiosity highlight the school's inclusive education approach, where students of all abilities learn together. Discover how this inclusive model supports every student's potential and fosters acceptance and respect in our community.

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Unlock $120 for Summer Meals

You may be eligible to receive $120 per child to pay for groceries this summer through the summer EBT (electronic benefit transfer) program. t only takes a few minutes to complete the Family Income Survey. Please submit a form before March 15.

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Highline High student at graduation

Seniors, Apply for a 2024 Foundation Scholarship

Seniors, now is the time to apply for a Highline Schools Foundation scholarship. This year, the Foundation is offering 33 scholarships totaling $291,500 to graduating seniors.  

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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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What is Standards-based Grading?

Starting with the 2023-24 school year, every school in Highline will use a grading system focused on meeting learning standards. 

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Highline’s Graduation Rate Continues Climb

Highline's graduation rate increased for the second year in a row, reaching the highest rate in more than a decade! 

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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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Join Our Team Today! 

Highline Public Schools is currently hiring paraeducators to join our team. If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career in education, we encourage you to apply.

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ParentSquare: Connecting Home and School

ParentSquare keeps families informed and engaged with school life. Stay up-to-date with school news, communicate with teachers, and connect with other families. 

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Learn About Our Budget Outlook

Like school districts across our region, Highline faces a significant budget shortfall in the coming years. We have identified $8 million in reductions for next school year, mostly to central office expenses in order to avoid direct cuts to schools.

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Upcoming Events

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Highline Headlines - March 1

Read about our budget outlook, an opportunity to give feedback on biology and health materials, a school construction update and next week’s meals.

Student works with a staff member at Innovation Heights Academy.

Innovation Heights Academy is transforming student lives with a new program model that emphasizes credit recovery, wellness, and interest-driven learning.  In the first year of the new school, students and staff are already seeing the results. See how the school ensures its students are seen, valued, and supported to reach their full potential.

Juniors Head to FutureU

Hey, juniors*! Ready to dive into your future? Join us on March 27 for FutureU at Green River College, a field trip designed to give you a glimpse into life after high school options. Explore a world of opportunities waiting for you beyond graduation.

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Eight million dollars is a lot to cut from our district budget. What will that look like and feel like next year when those reductions are real? 

While the cuts are concentrated in central office, reductions to central positions and services will have some impact at the school level. 

Tyee seniors in Rose Johnson's Civics class got a visit from SeaTac Mayor Mohamed Egal this week. Mayor Egal shared his insights on serving as an elected local government official.

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Get details about budget reductions for 2024-25 when our Business Services staff briefs the school board at a work session on Wednesday, March 6, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. 

The work session is open to the public. The community is invited to attend or watch online

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We are adopting new materials for biology and health--and we want your input! Your voice is important as we select new instructional materials for high school biology and health for grades K-2 and 6-12. Attend an open house to learn more about the instructional materials under consideration on Tuesday, March 12.

Tyee Alum Helps Build New School

John Taitano walked onto the Tyee job site last fall to ask if Absher Construction was hiring. He already had a construction job, but this was his old high school and close to home. Read about our priority hire program at the Tyee construction project.

Pacific Design Checked by Facilities Staff

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing leads from Highline's Facilities team were invited to review the Pacific Middle School design. Read our February project update.

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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18,077

STUDENTS

18,077

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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89

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 POINTS

RISING GRADUATION RATE

22 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 2023 was 84.8%. That's an increase of 22 point rise since 2013.

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