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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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Superintendent Search

The School Board is gathering feedback to help them select our next superintendent. We want your input about the strengths of our schools and district, the challenges the district is currently facing, what the new leader's priorities should be, and what professional characteristics the next superintendent should have.

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Give Us Feedback

Calling all families, secondary students and staff--the Fall Learning Experience Survey is underway. Take 5 to 10 minutes to complete this survey about learning in a pandemic so we can improve. Answers will be anonymous. The survey closes on December 17. 

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Voters Renew Levy at 62.5%!

It's official! Voters gave a thumbs up to renew Highline Public Schools’ local education levy for another four years. King County Elections certified the results on November 23. The levy approval rate is 62.50 percent to continue local funding for critical education needs not covered by state and federal funding. THANK YOU, VOTERS!

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Apply for ReadyK!

ReadyK!, a free transitional kindergarten program for children who have not had access to a high-quality early learning experience, is now accepting applications. If you know of a family that may benefit from the program, urge them to apply.

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High Expectations

After 18 months of distance and hybrid instruction, you may be concerned about whether your student can master this year’s grade level. Regardless of the strengths and needs each student brings to class, we believe they can all meet high expectations. Our teachers support them every step of the way.

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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 have 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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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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We recognize that with the availability of COVID vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds, you may be considering a move back to in-person instruction for your child. If you want to make this transition before the end of the school year, we suggest that the best time would be after winter break.

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We want to provide opportunities for families, secondary students, and staff to share feedback, input and ideas on how to support learning experiences in Highline. We recognize that this is an overwhelming time for many of you and we appreciate hearing from you. Your participation is completely voluntary, and we value your feedback. The survey closes on Friday, December 17. 

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Today, King County Elections certified that local voters approved the Highline Education Levy renewal at a rate of 62.50%. Superintendent Susan Enfield said she is deeply grateful to Highline voters for supporting Highline students and staff.

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There will be no school on November 24, 25 and 26 for Thanksgiving break.

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Highline Superintendent Susan Enfield has been named Superintendent of the Year by the Washington School Administrator's Association (WASA). 

“Since 2012, when Dr. Enfield was named superintendent of the Highline Public Schools, she has led with a consistent and unrelenting focus on achieving more equitable outcomes for all students in the district,” said WASA Executive Director Joel Aune.

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This January we are hosting ReadyK!, a pre-kindergarten program for children who have not had access to a high-quality early learning experience. If you know of a family that may benefit from the program, urge them to apply.

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If inclement weather prevents us from safely transporting students to school, we will close schools as we have in the past. We will not switch to remote learning on snow days. 

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Integrus Architecture staff resumed meeting with community members, staff and students from Tyee High School in November. The Tyee design review committee provided input and feedback to the architects as they draft design plans for a new high school building.

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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