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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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Free Meals 

School meals are a convenient and healthy option for all families during distance learning. We have meals available for ALL children--meals are FREE to any Highline student and all youth 18 years and younger.

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Tech Levy on Nov. Ballot

In November, Highline voters will be asked to approve a two-year, $32.5-million technology levy. If approved, the levy will provide the tools students need to prepare for today's careers and address the urgent need to support distance learning during the pandemic.

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Highline First Day 

It's a different start of the year, but the excitement is as strong as ever! Watch our first-day-of-school video, full of eager faces determined to make this a great year. 

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Black Lives Matter

Becoming an Anti-racist Community

Read Superintendent Susan Enfield's message to students, families and staff about the need to become an anti-racist community

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

Why Move Teachers?
Every fall, a few teachers in our system are moved from one school to another. It's disruptive and difficult for students, families and teachers. So why do it? Superintendent Enfield shares some context. 
Teacher teaching online in a classroom

Highline teachers and staff are working harder than ever. Our students are connected and learning from home. In spite of all the challenges the coronavirus has thrown our way, we are determined to keep on teaching and learning. 

COVID-19 Trends as of Mid-October

We continue to monitor COVID activity data published by Public Health - Seattle & King County. As of the time of this posting, King County continues to experience a resurgence in COVID-19 cases. 

Aaron Garcia photo

Sometimes unsung heroes get a song written about them—or at least an award that is a perfect fit. Highline School Board Director Aaron Garcia received an award for his volunteer work and support of the White Center community.

Hilltop Gets Additional Classroom Building

Two additional classroom buildings opened at North Hill Elementary and White Center Heights Elementary schools last year. A third building is being installed at Hilltop Elementary School this fall, as planned. Learn more and see progress photos.

Aerial Photo of New Des Moines Elementary School

Enjoy this aerial view of the new Des Moines Elementary School while dreaming about our students all returning in person. We have never been more proud of our Highline community than this year. Thanks for your continued support of Highline Public Schools students and staff!

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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18,372

STUDENTS

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18,372 

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. Cambodian

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1,073

CLASSROOM TEACHERS

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1,073

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 4 choice schools or multiple alternative education options. 

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19 POINTS

RISING GRADUATION RATE

Mount Rainier Students at graduation.

19 POINT RISE

IN GRADUATION RATE

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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