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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Distance Learning

Based on the latest guidance from the state, we have built a plan to continue instruction to the extent possible. 

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Devices for Students

Does your student need a device to use at home during the school closure? We have one for you to use. Over the next several days, we will be hosting device pick-up sessions at our schools. 

Distribution schedule & instructions

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Schools Closed Through April 24

By executive order, all Highline schools are closed to students, March 16 through at least April 24. 

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Meal Locations 

Free meals are available to all Highline students during the school closure.

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Coronavirus Latest

Get the latest information on the coronavirus and how it impacts our schools and community.

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Talking to Kids about Coronavirus

If you keep checking your phone for the latest coronavirus updates, chances are your kids have noticed. Be ready to answer your child’s questions about coronavirus. If they don't seem interested or don't ask a lot of questions, that's OK too. Just follow their lead.

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Register for Kindergarten 

Get ready for kindergarten! Do you know a child who will be five years old on or before August 31? Spread the word... now is the time to register for kindergarten. 

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Communication Preferences 

We use email, robo call and text messages to share timely and important information to our families. Want phone calls for some messages, but only email or text messages for others? You can manage your communication preferences online.

Manage Your Messages

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3 More Schools Enter Design Phase

Architects are working with building design teams at Evergreen and Tyee high schools and Pacific Middle School to nail down design concepts for new, modern learning facilities. The 2016 bond pays for the initial design work. A future bond will be needed to pay for construction of these three schools.

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2020-21 First Day of School

The tentative first day of school for the 2020-21 school year will be on Thursday, September 3, for grades 1-12. We anticipate formal ratification by Highline Educators Association (HEA) membership in August.

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

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Our meal site locations are changing due to spring break on April 6-10. We are collaborating with our community partners to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. Here is the week’s schedule

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Elementary report cards will be mailed to each students’ listed mailing address between April 7 and April 14. If you do not receive your student’s report card, or if there is an issue with the report card, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

Des Moines Elementary student outside of school.

We have been working hard to keep up with changing circumstances and shifting guidance from our state leaders about educating students during the current public health crisis. Based on the latest guidance from the state, we have built a plan to continue instruction to the extent possible.

A student picks up a device at school.

Does your student need a device to use at home during the school closure? We have one for you to use. Over the next several days, we will be hosting device pick-up sessions at our schools. 

Three students getting backpacks at a Back-to-School fair.

COVID-19 is limiting in-person outreach by U.S. Census helpers. You can help our region and schools get vital services, representation and funding for the next 10 years. Respond online, by phone or by mail. Let’s count every child in Highline. Here's how to help from home.

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

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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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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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