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

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Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Register for Kindergarten 

Get ready for kindergarten! Do you know a child who will be five years old on or before August 31? Spread the word... now is the time to register for kindergarten. 

Enroll Online

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See Our Schools 

We are hosting our first-ever school tour for community members on Wednesday, March 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. of Des Moines Elementary School. Come learn more about our schools and see our amazing students and staff in action.

Register by March 9

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Communication Preferences 

We use email, robo call and text messages to share timely and important information to our families. Want phone calls for some messages, but only email or text messages for others? You can manage your communication preferences online.

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3 More Schools Enter Design Phase

Architects are working with building design teams at Evergreen and Tyee high schools and Pacific Middle School to nail down design concepts for new, modern learning facilities. The 2016 bond pays for the initial design work. A future bond will be needed to pay for construction of these three schools.

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Dig for Data 

You are invited to dig deep into data and track our progress using an interactive annual report. The report shows progress toward the five bold goals outlined in our strategic plan.

Track our progress

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Have You Downloaded Our Mobile App? 

We launched a new mobile app and online family portal in October. You can message teachers, check grades and attendance and stay ahead. 

Learn about the new app 

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2020-21 First Day of School

The tentative first day of school for the 2020-21 school year will be on Thursday, September 3, for grades 1-12. We anticipate formal ratification by Highline Educators Association (HEA) membership in August.

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

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There are no known cases of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in King County, and the risk of contracting it here continues to be low. However, the virus is likely to spread in the U.S. at some point. Here's what you need to know now.

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In fall 2019, we launched a new middle school math curriculum to ensure students have the foundational skills necessary to be successful in algebra and beyond.

Highline Schools Foundation Logo - Celebrating 20 Years

You nominated them, now let's celebrate them. The Highline Schools Foundation announced this year's Gold Star Awards nominees. Winners will be celebrated at the Gold Star BASH on Tuesday, March 10. Each winner will receive a $500 award. Winners will also be celebrated at the Foundation’s Gold Star fundraising breakfast in April 17.

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This fall, we asked students and families for input on what you value most about Highline and what we can do to make it better. Families shared their thoughts on a wide range of topics.

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree & Become a Bilingual Teacher

Do you speak, read, and write in more than one language? Are you looking to use your bilingual skills in the workforce, but need more training and support? Join us for an information session about our Bilingual Teaching Fellows program on Thursday, February 27.

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.


at a Glance

More Fast Facts



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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. Cambodian

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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 4 choice schools or multiple alternative education options. 

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Mount Rainier Students at graduation.



Highline's graduation rate has been on a steady rise for the past 5 years. The on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2018 was 81.1%. That's an increase of 19 point rise since 2013.

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