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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Evergreen High School 2023 graduate.

Living Our Promise

Imagine the possibilities for students when our entire community embraces the Highline Promise - knowing every student by name, strength, and need, ensuring they graduate prepared for their chosen future. Our strategic plan leads the way.

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Schools & Programs of Choice

Transitions Night: Schools of Choice

Shape your tomorrow by choosing your path for the 2024-25 school year today. Whether through maritime studies, aerospace exploration, virtual learning, or your neighborhood school—you have choices. Explore educational options through Highline’s Schools and Programs of Choice. 

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The Power Of Belonging

A Culture of Belonging is the first of four goals in our new strategic plan, “Living Our Promise.” Through the voices of our Superintendent’s Student Leadership Team, discover the difference a Culture of Belonging makes in fostering meaningful connections, self-confidence and academic success.

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Students and Families Have Choices

Don't miss the chance to apply for Highline's Schools and Programs of Choice for the 2024-25 school year. Explore options such as maritime studies, aerospace exploration, virtual learning, and neighborhood schools to find the best fit for your goals.

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Rethinking Secondary School Experiences

We are preparing students for a world that is very different from the one we entered as young adults. This year our middle and high schools are engaging in a process to think critically about how we will make progress toward our new strategic plan goals. 

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Understanding Lockdowns: A Guide for Families

The safety of our students is our top priority. We take every report of a threat seriously, so precautionary lockdowns are not uncommon. Safety protocols differ based on the situation.

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Join Our Team Today! 

Highline Public Schools is currently hiring paraeducators to join our team. If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding career in education, we encourage you to apply.

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Heavy Metal Summer Program

11 high school students from Evergreen and Highline high schools gained valuable hands-on experience this summer with skilled trades workers thanks to the Heavy Metal Summer Experience (HMSE) partnership with McKinstry.

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Building Their Futures

Highline students in hard hats picked up hammers and drills this summer to dive into paid, work-based learning. A program from ANEW introduced the construction trades. The goal: a boost to confidence in their futures, plus marketable job skills.

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ParentSquare: Connecting Home and School

ParentSquare keeps families informed and engaged with school life. Stay up-to-date with school news, communicate with teachers, and connect with other families. 

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What is Standards-based Grading?

Starting with the 2023-24 school year, every school in Highline will use a grading system focused on meeting learning standards. 

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

SBG, Standards-based grading

All Highline schools are implementing a new instructional approach we are using across Highline: Standards-Based Instruction and Grading (SBI/G). Our grading web section has a lot of information about this new approach. We encourage you to review this information online to learn more. 

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You are invited to dig deep into data and track our progress using our interactive annual report. This year's report documents our progress towards our strategic goals for the 2022-23 school year, the final year of the strategic plan initially adopted in 2013 and updated in 2018.

Highline Headlines - December 1

COLLEGECON is tomorrow! Read more  information about downloading the ParentSquare app, upcoming immunization clinics, bus safety and next week’s menu. 

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ParentSquare offers an easy way to keep up-to-date with your child's school. Download the app to see school news and information, review upcoming events, direct message teachers, set your notification preferences and more.

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We're excited to announce that we have a new logo. The students, staff, families and community who make up the Puget Sound Skills Center are champions of choice, and our new logo celebrates that. Our new branding reflects a modern school with a community dedicated to students shaping their futures through our career and technical programs.

Highline Headlines - November 17

Pk-5th grades have no school Nov. 20 to 24. 6th-12th grades have no school Nov. 22 to 24. Read more on how to prepare for weather school closures and ways to support your student’s learning.

The Power Of Belonging: Student Voices

At Highline, our goal is for everyone to feel they belong the moment they step through the doors. A Culture of Belonging is the first of four goals in our new strategic plan, “Living Our Promise.” Through the voices of our Superintendent’s Student Leadership Team, discover the difference a Culture of Belonging makes in fostering meaningful connections, self-confidence and academic success.

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

Culture of Belonging
culture of belonging

A culture where all are welcome, valued, and safe.

Innovative Learning
Innovative Learning

Academic experiences that engage, empower, and challenge every student.

Bilingual & Biliterate
Bilingual & Biliterate

Multicultural skills that enable students to live, work, and communicate across cultures.

Future Ready
Future Ready

Students explore possibilities and develop mindsets that prepare them for a changing future.


at a Glance

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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 7 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 2021 was 83.5%. That's an increase of 21 point rise since 2013.

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