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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Back-to-School Checklist

We want you to be ready for the start of the school year. Whether it’s finding a bus route, confirming emergency contact information or reviewing the school calendar for the year—we have you covered! Here are nine things to do as you get ready for the first day of school. 

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Meet Dr. Duran

Superintendent Ivan Duran's experiences with education early in life, along with his years serving as a teacher and administrator, inspire him to lead and advocate for students and families today. To help you get to know Dr. Duran, we invite you to watch this story.

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Share Your Voice and Help Select Instructional Materials at Highline

Join a curriculum adoption committee for the 2022-23 school year. We are inviting new members to our current committees and opening spots on our two new committees. Families and community members, as well as classified, certificated and administrative staff, are all encouraged to apply.

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First Day of School

We're excited to welcome back students grades 1-12 on September 1. See the 2022-23 school calendar for a glance at key dates this school year.

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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 without raising the tax rate.

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Sneak Peek into the 2022-23 School Calendar

Time to start planning! Here is a look at the 2022-23 school calendar.

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Do You Know a Child Who will be 5 Years Old by August 31? 

It's time to enroll in kindergarten! You can enroll online. 

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Highline Virtual Elementary Applications Are Open

Students can apply for enrollment through a waitlist if space is available. We are currently evaluating applications on a weekly basis. 

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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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Dr. Ivan Duran and his family.

With the new school year around the corner, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome our new superintendent, Dr. Ivan Duran, to the Highline team. To help you get to know Dr. Duran, we invite you to watch this story. 

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We want you to be ready for the start of the school year. Here are nine things to do as you get ready for the first day of school. 


Here is a look at the 2022-23 school calendar. These dates and breaks are reflected on our website calendar. 

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Join a curriculum adoption committee for the 2022-23 school year. In addition to continuing the adoption process for 6-12 music, K-8 science and upper-level math, new committees are being formed for a biology and health curriculum adoption. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on September 16.

Highline Headlines - August 5

Today's headlines: Get support with enrollment and ParentVUE, save the date for the first day of school 2022, learn about the Prop. 1 School Bond, and sign up for voluntary student accident insurance. 

Highline Headlines - July 25

Highline Headlines: Get support with online enrollment and ParentVUE set up. This is the last week of Free Summer Meals.  

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.


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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. Khmer

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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 6 choice schools or multiple alternative education options. 

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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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