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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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Black History Month Gallery of Heroes

Celebrate Black History Month

This February, we're diving deep into the stories that make Black history a pivotal part of America's narrative. Let these stories inspire us all to learn and grow together.

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Seth Bobbitt in class.

Seth's Story: Including Students of All Abilities

At McMicken Heights Elementary, Seth Bobbitt's joy and curiosity highlight the school's inclusive education approach, where students of all abilities learn together. Discover how this inclusive model supports every student's potential and fosters acceptance and respect in our community.

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Unlock $120 for Summer Meals

You may be eligible to receive $120 per child to pay for groceries this summer through the summer EBT (electronic benefit transfer) program. t only takes a few minutes to complete the Family Income Survey. Please submit a form before March 15.

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Highline High student at graduation

Seniors, Apply for a 2024 Foundation Scholarship

Seniors, now is the time to apply for a Highline Schools Foundation scholarship. This year, the Foundation is offering 33 scholarships totaling $291,500 to graduating seniors.  

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Marvista teacher and students in class

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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students and teacher in the classroom

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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Tyee student at graduation

Highline’s Graduation Rate Continues Climb

Highline's graduation rate increased for the second year in a row, reaching the highest rate in more than a decade! 

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Evergreen High School 2023 graduates.

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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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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Family on the first day of school

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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Two students using their laptops at desk in class

Learn About Our Budget Outlook

Like school districts across our region, Highline faces a significant budget shortfall in the coming years. We have identified $8 million in reductions for next school year, mostly to central office expenses in order to avoid direct cuts to schools.

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

Piece of paper with money sign on it.

Our Business Services staff will brief the school board on our financial picture for the 2024-25 school year at a work session on Wednesday, March 6, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. 

Highline Headlines - February 16

No School on Monday, February 19. Read more headlines about the PSSC open house FutureU, School Board meetings, the family income survey and next week’s meals. 

income survey equals money for food and school

Fill out the Family Income Survey to unlock $120 for your child's summer EBT (Electronic benefit transfer) for summer groceries, if you qualify. See the table below to determine if you are eligible. It funds staff at your school and only takes a few minutes of your time.

Superintendent Duran

Each year in February, we recognize the contributions of Black Americans to our nation’s history. Black History Month is an appropriate time to acknowledge that schools have not done a good job of teaching our full American story.

The inclusion of diverse voices in our national story is critical not just for students of color, but for all students. 

kindergarten student on their first day

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.  

A Midway teacher leads a class discussion.

Highline is projected to see another enrollment decline next school year. We anticipate enrollment of around 16,391 FTE next year, down 224 from this year. Fewer students means a decrease in state funding for 2024-25.

Black History Month Gallery of Heroes

This February, we're diving deep into the stories that make Black history a pivotal part of America's narrative.

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

at a Glance

More Fast Facts

18,077

STUDENTS

18,077

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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89

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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34

SCHOOLS

34

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 POINTS

RISING GRADUATION RATE

22 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 2023 was 84.8%. That's an increase of 22 point rise since 2013.

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