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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Tech Levy on Ballot

In November, Highline voters will be asked to approve a two-year, $32.5-million technology levy. If approved, the levy will provide the tools students need to prepare for today's careers and address the urgent need to support distance learning during the pandemic.

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Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. You can read about all the important issues in the voter pamphlet or online, including Highline's proposed technology levy. 

Vote by Nov. 3

What Happens When School Buildings are Closed?

Highline keeps learning! Our classrooms may be empty, but Highline teachers and staff are working harder than ever. Our students are connected and learning from home. In spite of all the challenges the coronavirus has thrown our way, we are determined to keep on teaching and learning. 

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Equity: Our Foundation 

Think we mean equality when we say equity? Here’s what we mean and why it matters. 

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We Want to Hear From You!

Your feedback is valued. We want to know more about your experience with Distance Learning during the pandemic. The survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete and your answers will be anonymous. 

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Student picks up meals

Free Meals 

School meals are a convenient and healthy option for all families during distance learning. 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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Black Lives Matter

Becoming an Anti-racist Community

Read Superintendent Susan Enfield's message to students, families and staff about the need to become an anti-racist community

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COVID-19 Trends

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. 

MRHS student in cap and gown at drive-thru graduation 2020

The graduation rate for Highline Public Schools increased for the seventh straight year. The overall graduation rate for the Class of 2020 is 83.8 percent. The greatest increase came for Black/African American students, who graduated at the highest rate ever in Highline, at 88.7 percent. That is an increase of 12 percentage points over the previous year. 

Hilltop student engages in P.E. via Zoom at home.

P.E. continues--just differently for now. Hilltop student Dionne Johnson demonstrates! During good days and bad days, mom Jessica is thankful for the device, hotspot, whiteboard, etc. If they go somewhere, they can bring the hotspot. Read their Distance Learning story.

Chinook Middle School student participates in art class via Zoom.

Issac Mota is a 6th grade student at Chinook Middle School. When we visited Issac and his mother Tiffany Scott, to find out how Distance Learning is going, Isaac was in art class via Zoom, using a laptop issued by the school. 

student and mother working online at home

We want to know more about your experience with Distance Learning during the pandemic. Please help us better support you and other students and families by completing the survey linked below. The survey will take about 5-10 minutes to complete and your answers will be anonymous. 

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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