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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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There's Still Time to Apply for Financial Aid

Do you need financial aid support? This summer to help families prepare for the 2024-25 school year, staff will assist with FAFSA, WASFA, and CSS Profile applications. Join us at our support sessions for personalized assistance.

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Students at Waskowitz on the bridge in the forest

Waskowitz to be Preserved for Future Generations

Waskowitz Outdoor Education Center will be set aside for school and public use, thanks to an agreement between the school district, Trust for Public Land and King County.

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Congratulations, Class of 2024!

Join us in celebrating our graduates! Enjoy photos of the graduations for each school, and inspiring stories about our seniors' achievements and future plans.

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Free Summer Meals

Highline offers free summer meals to every Highline student and all kids and teens 18 years and younger. There are no forms to fill out, and no names are written down. Just stop by any of these locations for a free meal. 

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Senior Spotlight: Yeiri Lopez

Senior Spotlight: Yeiri Lopez 

Meet Yeiri Lopez, a Tyee High School senior who turned her multilingual talents into stepping stones and excelled academically to earn the prestigious Seal of Biliteracy. Yeiri's journey to master English showcases her hard work and the support of her teachers and peers.  

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Music to Our Ears

At Evergreen High School, students are connecting deeply with their culture and school through music. New this year are Mariachi classes at Cascade Middle School and Evergreen and Highline high schools. Experience the vibrant sounds, feel the rhythm and see the impact.

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Inspiring Hearts and Minds

Erin Enquist is this year's Gold Star Award Teacher of the Year recipient. Despite a terminal diagnosis two years ago, Erin's resilience has deepened her dedication to creating a nurturing environment where every student feels valued.

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Teacher Kristen O'Connor speaking with student about their work

Creating a Sense of Belonging 

Special education teacher Kristen O'Connor, recipient of the Gold Star Award for Rookie Teacher of the Year, exemplifies inclusive education at Gregory Heights Elementary.

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2024-25 School Calendar

Here is a look at the tentative 2024-25 school calendar. This calendar is pending approval by our Highline Education Association (teachers union) members and the Highline Board of Directors.

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Calling All Future Kindergarten Students 

If you have a child who will be 5 years old by August 31, it's time to think about kindergarten. The 2024-25 school year is just around the corner, and believe it or not, now is the time to enroll.  

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Board members and alumni tour of Tyee construciton site.

First Tour of New Tyee

School Board members Azeb Hagos, Stephanie Tidholm and Joe Van toured the new Tyee High School construction site with several alumni who volunteer with Friends of Tyee. See what they saw!

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Help Plan for Future School Bonds

Calling all Highline community members! You are invited to submit your name to the lottery for open seats on the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC). Find out more!

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

Our Southern Heights site was significantly damaged by a fire late Tuesday night. Southern Heights houses Innovation Heights Academy and Highline Virtual Academy.

Logo of Washington School Recognition Program (SBE, EOGOAC and OSPI acronyms listed.

Three schools in Highline Public Schools are earning state recognition for student growth or academic achievement in the 2022-23 school year. Two additional schools earned it for 2021-22. Both lists were released in June 2024 by OSPI.

Highline Headlines - July 1

This week's Highline Headlines includes information about free summer meals, Waskowitz and a reminder on registering for next year's sports. 

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Waskowitz Outdoor Education Center will be set aside for school and public use, thanks to an agreement between the school district, Trust for Public Land and King County. A conservation easement will preserve Waskowitz Outdoor Education Center and 345 acres of surrounding forest.

Kevin Takisaki Wins Mentor of the Year Award

Congratulations to Kevin Takisaki, principal of Innovation Heights Academy, for being selected as the 2024 University of Washington John Morefield Mentor of the Year by the Danforth Educational Leadership Program. 

FREE  Summer Meals

Highline is offering free summer meals to every Highline student and all kids and teens 18 years and younger.

Photo of Evergreen construction project

Many work items were completed in May before and after the May 23 vandalism to the ductwork of the new Evergreen High School classroom building, and the resulting cleanup work. 

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.

Highline

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17,290

STUDENTS

17,290

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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1,193

CLASSROOM TEACHERS

1,193

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 7 choice schools or multiple alternative education options. 

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22.5 POINTS

RISING GRADUATION RATE

22.5 POINT RISE

IN GRADUATION RATE

Highline's graduation rate has been on a steady rise for the past decade. The on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2023 was 84.8%. That's an increase of 22.5 point rise since 2013.

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