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

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Tyee Graduation

2019 Graduation Dates

It is almost that time of year where we get to celebrate the hard work of our students. Check our district calendar for this year's graduation dates and times.

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New Curricula Coming

On Wednesday, May 15 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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Students at Seahurst Elementary

Register for Kindergarten 

Children turning 5 years old on or before August 31 can start kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year. Register your student now to gain access to free kindergarten readiness programs and materials.

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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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Kelly Morris teaching students.

Rookie Teacher of the Year

Kelly leads a classroom full of first-grade students at Hilltop Elementary. She's known for the high standards she sets for herself and students. Students are cared for deeply, and in turn, care deeply about each other and are invested in each other's social-emotional and academic development.  

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A MRHS 2018 graduate with his family.

Dig for Data, Celebrate Progress

Ready for your review! You are invited to dig deep into the data and review our progress in our online, interactive 2017-18 Annual Report.

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Evergreen students at high school graduation.

Graduation Rate Tops 81%

Our graduation rate is up for the fifth consecutive year. Check out what strategies we are using to get there and what student groups are making some of the greatest gains. 

Graduation Rate

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Now Hiring

Be one of the first faces our students see every day. We have immediate openings for school bus driver positions. 

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McCleary Explained 

Wondering how the McCleary decision impacts school funding in Highline? Watch this video that explains the funding picture in simple terms.

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Top Priorities from the Community about HS Course Offerings

In March, families, staff, students and the community were invited to share ideas and rate priorities through an online conversation. The results from our online conversation are now available.

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

CFAC Members discuss bond recommendation.

Our community-led Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) members plan to recommend to the school board on June 26 that the next school bond include rebuilding Evergreen and Tyee high schools and Pacific Middle School.

Teacher teaching math.

On Wednesday, May 15 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.

Historical photo of 1924 Highline High School

You are invited for a last tour and celebration of the old Highline High School at HHS Alumni & Community Day from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

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To give families what they need to support their children, Highline will launch a new mobile app and online family portal in fall 2019. Highline’s current mobile app will discontinue on June 30. 

North Hill teacher Leticia Yellam works with a small group of students.

In a place where so many teachers are rockstars, it's hard to pick out just a few. We want you to meet some of our teachers who earned extra star status this year from someone who especially admires their commitment to know every student by name, strength and need. 
 

Teacher Nicole Jones teaches a math lesson.

Each day, Nicole Jones strives to be the best role model possible for her students by setting high standards and being an advocate for both students and families. Nicole is also a role model for her teaching peers. This is one of the many reasons why Nicole is our Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

Hilltop teacher Kelly Morris works one-on-one with a student.

Kelly Morris' dedication to high standards, the education profession and unconditional love for her students are just some of the many reasons she is our Rookie Teacher of the Year. 

Susan Enfield

Highline families and staff expect high standards for school communications. Superintendent Susan Enfield shares those high expectations and has invested in a strong communications program for engaging our diverse community.

Because of her leadership in strategic and innovative school communications, Dr. Enfield is the recipient of the 2019 Crystal Apple Award from the Washington School Public Relations Association (WSPRA).

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.

Highline

at a Glance

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18,372

STUDENTS

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18,372 

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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95

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

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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1,073

CLASSROOM TEACHERS

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1,073

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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SCHOOLS

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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 4 choice schools or multiple alternative education options. 

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19 POINTS

RISING GRADUATION RATE

Mount Rainier Students at graduation.

19 POINT RISE

IN GRADUATION RATE

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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