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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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Superintendent Duran Wants to Meet You!

Superintendent Duran is launching his first year in Highline with a districtwide listening tour to hear from students, families, staff and community members.

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Join a Curriculum Adoption Committee

Applications for the Music (6-12) and Biology Adoption Committees have been extended to October 11. We want you to be part of the process to include full district representation. Families and community members, as well as classified, certificated and administrative staff, are all encouraged to apply.

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Proposition 1: Highline Schools Bond

The 2022 bond will continue our commitment to replace aging school buildings with safe, modern learning facilities. This bond will rebuild three schools and fund critical improvements across Highline with a declining tax rate. Get details for a series of Bond Community Forums starting September 15.

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Update Your Student's Information

Each year, families are required to verify student emergency information and submit updated health information. This ensures we have a current home address, phone number, emergency contact and health information on file. All of these items help us keep students safe while at school.

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2022-23 School Year Calendar

We're excited to welcome back students, families and staff! See the 2022-23 school calendar for a glance at key dates this school year.

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Highline alumni

Join the Highline Alumni Network

Are you a Highline Public Schools alum? Join our Alumni Network and help our students follow in your footsteps, introduce them to a career path, help them refine their professional skills and share your pathway. 

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Superintendent Duran

Why Highline

We have a lot to celebrate this year as we welcome our new superintendent, Dr. Ivan Duran. Watch this video to learn more about our new superintendent and why he chose to come to Highline. 

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Ari Rodriguez in class

Being a Bilingual Educator

Teacher Ari Rodriguez spent two years working as a bilingual paraeducator in Highline while pursuing her teaching certificate through the Bilingual Teaching Fellows program. As a dual language teacher at White Center Heights Elementary School, Ari has found her home.  

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

Highline Headlines - September 30

This week’s Highline Headlines include an updated Community Meeting date, opportunities to join committees, routine vaccination information, bond facts and newsletters for secondary families.

Upcoming Superintendent Community Meetings

You are invited to join Superintendent Duran at an upcoming stop on his Listening Tour. Dr. Duran wants to know how our students are experiencing school and our Highline Promise to know every student by name, strength and need. 

Highline Headline - September 23

This week’s Highline Headlines include information about community meetings regarding the bond, a reminder about the Burien Brat Trot and an opportunity to see a NBA preseason game.

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The Seattle Kraken and Climate Pledge Arena have partnered with Boeing to offer free tickets to see the LA Clippers VS Maccabi Ra’anana on Friday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are free for students, their families, and staff from Highline Public Schools!

Burien Brat Trot

Join Dr. Duran and the Highline Schools Foundation for a family-friendly, fast and (mostly) flat 5k around the streets of Burien, plus a 1k for kids, on Saturday, October 1. The race finishes at Town Square Park in downtown Burien and the inaugural Burien Oktoberfest.The school with the most affiliated runners will receive a $500 grant from the foundation.

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High school seniors and their families are invited to Senior Night on October 5. We are hosting workshops for students and families and a College and Career Resources fair with local college, universities, trade, apprenticeship, and military representation.

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

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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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