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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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November Education Levy Renewal

The November 2021 Education levy renewal funds educational programs so all Highline students have equitable opportunities to succeed in school.

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Education Levy Video

Watch this quick video in English or Spanish to see why we have a levy measure on the ballot and what it funds.

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Health and Safety for Fall 2021

The safety of our staff and our students is our priority. We will minimize the risk of transmitting the virus at school by following all public health guidance. Check out the updated Fall 2021 health and safety protocols on our website. 

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When to Stay Home

Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has updated its guidance on when students need to stay home and when they can return to school. The new guidance distinguishes between likely COVID symptoms and symptoms that are more likely to be due to garden-variety illness.

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COVID Testing Consent Form

One way to keep our schools safe and open is to offer free COVID-19 tests to students, staff and household members. To make it easier and faster to get a COVID test, we a new consent form that can be used for the entire school year. We encourage you to complete the form now, so if and when you decide to get a test, you are ready.

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Free Tutoring, 24/7

Middle and high school students have access to free live tutoring 24/7 in all academic subjects through Paper tutoring. Connect with tutors online through live chat and get help with homework questions or feedback on a written assignment. 

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Vaccination Clinics

We want to create a safe and healthy learning environment for all students and staff. Thanks to partnerships with UW Medicine and HealthPoint, we have offered several COVID-19 vaccination clinics to students, families and staff. See why these families and students have decided to get vaccinated.  

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We're Back!

Day one of the 2021-22 school year is officially in the books. Watch our first-day-of-school video and read a special message to families, students and staff from Superintendent Susan Enfield. 
 
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Staff Voice

Highline educators and staff are again navigating uncharted territory as we begin the new school year. With schools open for in-person, full-time learning, the buzz of students we once took for granted has filled our schools once again. We checked in with staff from across our schools to see how they feel about being back to school in person and how they are managing health and safety. 

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Complete Online Verification

All families are required annually to complete online verification. Verifying your information ensures we have an updated home address, phone number, emergency contact and health information on file. All of these items help schools to keep students safe while at school.

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COVID 19 test

One way to keep our schools safe and open is to offer free COVID-19 tests to students, staff and household members. To make it easier and faster to get a COVID test, we are launching a new consent form that can be used for the entire school year. We encourage all families and staff to complete the form now, so if and when you decide to get a test, you are ready.

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If you are on Facebook, why not log on Monday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m. for a Facebook Live event to provide information about the Highline Education Levy?

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Schools now have the option to send families a weekly summary on Fridays informing you of any cases reported in your school during the past week.

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Read first-hand stories from nurses, counselors, social workers and other staff whose positions are funded by the local Highline Education Levy. The levy is up for renewal on November 2 ballots. 

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Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has updated its guidance on when students need to stay home and when they can return to school.

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Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has updated its guidance on when students need to stay home and when they can return to school. The new guidance distinguishes between likely COVID symptoms and symptoms that are more likely to be due to garden-variety illness.

Highline Education Levy

Local levy dollars provide critical funding for education programs so all Highline students have equitable opportunities to succeed in school. Renewal of the Highline Education Levy is on the November 2 ballot. Watch this video to see why we have a levy measure on the ballot and what it funds.

Middle School Teacher

Middle and high school students have access to free live tutoring 24/7 in all academic subjects through Paper tutoring. Students connect with Paper's tutors online through live chat. Get help with homework questions or get feedback on a written assignment. Help is on-demand and unlimited.

Susanne Jerde

Chief Academic Officer Susanne Jerde has announced that she will retire from Highline at the end of December 2021. Susanne has given more than 37 years in service to Highline students as a teacher, principal, director, ILED, and since 2014, as CAO. We are deeply grateful for her leadership and dedication to delivering on our Highline Promise.

 

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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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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