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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Teacher of the Year Kristin Wesp and Rookie Teacher of the Year Gami Diaz Lizama.

Teaching Through a Pandemic 

The past 14 months have been extremely challenging for educators across the country. In Highline, our teachers showed incredible innovation and perseverance as they transitioned to distance learning and then hybrid learning, finding new ways to engage students and families. 

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Gold Star Teachers

Read the stories our community tells about Highline teachers who tackled the challenges of teaching from home, in-person or hybrid, to reach our students in their homes or from behind their masks. 

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A CHOICE Academy student in class during hybrid learning.

Welcome Back All Grades!

We are celebrating! Students in all grades are now back to school, after middle and high school students started hybrid learning on April 19.

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Teacher Jessica Ingersoll leads a lessons during hybrid learning.

Teacher Voice

After 12 months of teaching behind a computer, Jessica Ingersoll has a piece of herself back. "I'm back in my element being in the classroom," shares Ms. Ingersoll, a Madrona Elementary School IAC teacher.

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Highline Virtual Academy

The Highline Virtual Academy will be the only all-remote option in 2021-22. It launches this fall for students in 6th through 12th grade. Learn more and apply! 

Highline Virtual Academy 

Madrona teacher Cinthya Ayon-Ramirez teaching during hybrid learning.

Teacher Voice

Since returning to in-person learning, Ms. Ayon-Ramirez has seen a big change in her student's engagement. Attendance has gone through the roof, and students are excited about learning. 

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Tyee teacher Sukhi Dhami teaching during hybrid.

Teacher Voice

Tyee High School teacher Sukhi Dhami loves being back in the classroom and working with students in person. As an ILC teacher, Ms. Dhami started teaching in-person last November. She spent the first few days of class teaching students about safety protocols

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Meal Kits

Weekly Meal Kits 

Families can choose to pick-up pre-ordered meal kits on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. 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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COVID Dashboard

We are committed to provide transparent, accurate and timely information. This COVID dashboard shows the reports of positive COVID-19 cases among staff and students on campus and in our hybrid learning model. 

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Tyee teacher Linda Lambert wearing a mask at school.

Teacher Voice

Before coming back to school to teach, Tyee teacher Linda Lambert reviewed every detail of the school safety plan. She is thankful for everyone in her school working together to put safety first. 

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Standing Against Anti-Asian Racism

We stand with all people of Asian descent in the U.S. and around the world, and we condemn hate and violence against any person due to their race, ethnicity or identity.

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Safety First

While the transition to hybrid in-person learning will start with our youngest learners, we want everyone to be prepared when it's their turn to go back to school. We've compiled a list of resources as you prepare. 

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24/7 Free Tutoring for Students

To provide additional support to our students, we are offering unlimited, live tutoring for middle and high school students in all academic subjects--24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are partnering with a company called PAPER to provide this service. 

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Enrollment for the 2021-22 School Year is Open!

Do you know a child who will be 5 years old on or before August 31? Help us spread the word: families can enroll their incoming kindergarten student now for the 2021-22 school year. 
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Online Registration & Enrollment Support

The enrollment team is offering an in-person event to support families with online enrollment and registration. The event will take place all day Friday, May 21 at the Central Office. If you need support, please register today.

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

Teaching Through a Pandemic

The past 14 months have been extremely challenging for educators across the country. In Highline, our teachers showed incredible innovation and perseverance as they transitioned to distance learning and then hybrid learning, finding new ways to engage students and families. 

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National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7 this year. After more than a year of pandemic teaching and learning, our families and staff appreciate teachers like never before. Read the Gold Star nominations for teachers and meet the nominees.

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The SmileMobile Dental Clinic will be at Evergreen High School and the Olympic Interim Site from May 11-13 and May 18-20. Appointments are available for babies, children, teens and pregnant/postpartum individuals who are uninsured or who are with Apple Health. Schedule an appointment by calling 888.286.9105.


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. 

Students scientists and sailors conducting silicon measurements of a Salish Sea sample.

We are opening the new Maritime High School this fall with its inaugural 9th-grade class. We have spots remaining and we invite you to apply

Student in School

State Superintendent Chris Reykdal announced this week that students will not take state standardized tests this spring. Instead, the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science will be scheduled in Fall 2021.

The fall testing schedule meets the federal requirement for state testing without committing valuable learning time this spring to test-taking. 

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Highline Public Schools announces two property sales in progress or completed, plus one purchase of property adjacent to the Central Office. The new purchase will expand the parking area for meetings and professional development and consolidate storage space.

Teacher in Classroom

Thank you to all who participated in our focus groups on standards-based grading. More teachers across Highline are using a standards-based approach to grading assignments and giving feedback. We hope to pilot a new standards-based report card soon.

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





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 4 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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