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

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

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


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Highline First Day 

It's a different start of the year, but the excitement is as strong as ever! Watch our first-day-of-school video, full of eager faces determined to make this a great year. 

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Online Registration

We want to make sure we have the correct information on file for you and your child. There is now a new feature in ParentVUE that allows you to review and update student information for the upcoming school year.

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Complete the Census 

You have less than a month to make sure your family is counted in the U.S. Census. Right now, our community is undercounted.

5 Reasons to Complete the Census

Fall 2020: Full Distance Learning 

We will start the 2020-21 school year in full distance learning. Learn more in this message from Superintendent Susan Enfield.


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Tech Levy on Nov. 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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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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Highline Public Schools School Board

School Board Statement

The Highline Public Schools School Board of Directors made a joint statement in response to tragic death of George Floyd.

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

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Students from Highline and Mount Rainier High Schools have joined a national campaign calling on school districts to "encourage a productive dialogue on race and identity among our student bodies."

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Teacher-librarian Karen Smith of Des Moines Elementary School needs to continue working from her home, rather than her classroom for her parent's sake. She shared some thoughts with us about Distance Learning this fall and the need for technology. Read her story here.

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Check out the update for September 16 that includes information about the learning materials distribution and the Census.

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Check out today’s family update that includes information on free COVID testing, enrollment support and a reminder to fill out our Thoughtexchange.

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The City of Burien is partnering with Highline Public Schools and Comcast to connect up to 1,500 eligible Highline students in Burien with free internet for 12 months.

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Check out the family update for September 14 that includes an update on the school calendar and another video from our family learning series.


Check out the family message for September 11 which includes an opportunity for you to share how the first week went, a new video in the family learning series and information on fresh produce giveaway in Burien.

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Late yesterday we learned that Sprint internet hotspots are experiencing difficulty with Zoom calls. This is a nationwide issue. Sprint is working to fix the problem. Find out what to do until it is resolved.

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Watch our first-day-of-school video, full of eager faces determined to make this a great year. Thank you for choosing to be a part of #OurHighlineStory. We are in this together!

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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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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