Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Back to Highline!

We're back! The 2019-20 school year is officially underway. Watch our first-day-of-school video and see the smiles for yourself. 


Student stands by new Des Moines Elemetnary sign.

Celebrate & Tour

Join Des Moines Elementary staff, families and community leaders on Thursday, September 26 for a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting, followed by tours of the new school. 

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Attendance Matters 

Students can suffer academically if they miss 10% of the school year--that's just one day every two weeks. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. 

Attendance Facts and Tips 

Smiling student with a laptop

New Mobile App Coming Fall 2019

To give families what they need to support their children, we will launch a new mobile app and online family portal in fall 2019.

Learn about the new app 

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New Curricula This Fall

The Highline School Board approved the adoption of new social studies and math curricula. Students will begin using the new instructional materials in fall 2019.

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Nicole Jones teaching students

Teacher of the Year

Nicole teaches second grade at McMicken Heights Elementary. She is known as a leader at her school. She is constantly working to ensure all students have what they need and are pushed to their highest potential.  

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Glacier Middle School students pose in front of a welcome banner.

Glacier Grand Opening

Get in on Glacier Middle School's Grand Opening celebration October 24 and tour our new middle school in SeaTac. 

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

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Make your voice heard! Now is the time to register to vote. September 24 is National Voter Registration Day.

Discover, Explore & Plan Your Future!

High school students and families are invited to COLLEGECON—a free one, day learning experience for high school students and families. Engage in interactive workshops about college and career options, how to apply and pay for college and more. 

Creating an Education System where everyone belongs

Please join us on September 25 at 7:00 p.m. to share your thoughts and participate in a community conversation on how to create a better future for special education in Washington state. 

A McMicken Heights teacher gives a student a high five.

Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college and at work. Students can suffer academically if they miss 10% of the school. That's just one day every two weeks. 

White Center Heights students on the first day of school.

It is almost time for school to start! Here are nine things to do as you get ready for the first day of school.

 preschool student with wesley resident reading

The Highline/Wesley Homes Intergenerational Montessori Preschool was recognized by District Administration magazine. The national recognition honors school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that solve challenges. 

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



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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. Cambodian

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studets with staff at hazel valley



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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Mount Rainier Students at graduation.



Highline's graduation rate has been on a steady rise for the past 5 years. The on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2018 was 81.1%. That's an increase of 19 point rise since 2013.

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