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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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Welcome Back All Grades!

We are celebrating! Students in all grades are now back to school, after middle and high school students started hybrid learning on April 19.

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Teacher Jessica Ingersoll leads a lessons during hybrid learning.

Teacher Voice

After 12 months of teaching behind a computer, Jessica Ingersoll has a piece of herself back. "I'm back in my element being in the classroom," shares Ms. Ingersoll, a Madrona Elementary School IAC teacher.

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Highline Virtual Academy

The Highline Virtual Academy will be the only all-remote option in 2021-22. It launches this fall for students in 6th through 12th grade. Learn more and apply! 

Highline Virtual Academy 

Madrona teacher Cinthya Ayon-Ramirez teaching during hybrid learning.

Teacher Voice

Since returning to in-person learning, Ms. Ayon-Ramirez has seen a big change in her student's engagement. Attendance has gone through the roof, and students are excited about learning. 

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Tyee teacher Sukhi Dhami teaching during hybrid.

Teacher Voice

Tyee High School teacher Sukhi Dhami loves being back in the classroom and working with students in person. As an ILC teacher, Ms. Dhami started teaching in-person last November. She spent the first few days of class teaching students about safety protocols

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We Value Your Feedback

We want to provide all families, all staff and secondary students opportunities to share feedback and ideas on how we can support learning experiences during the pandemic. Please help us better support you and other families by completing the linked survey.

The survey will close on April 23. Results will help us to plan for this spring and next fall.

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Meal Kits

Weekly Meal Kits 

Families can choose to pick-up pre-ordered meal kits on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. 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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COVID Dashboard

We are committed to provide transparent, accurate and timely information. This COVID dashboard shows the reports of positive COVID-19 cases among staff and students on campus and in our hybrid learning model. 

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Welcome Back!

On April 1, we welcomed more than 1,000 fourth- and fifth-grade students back to in-person learning. It was the first time in more than a year these students have entered a classroom. Students celebrated with air hugs, thumbs up and lots of laughter. Watch the video of their first day back.

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Tyee teacher Linda Lambert wearing a mask at school.

Teacher Voice

Before coming back to school to teach, Tyee teacher Linda Lambert reviewed every detail of the school safety plan. She is thankful for everyone in her school working together to put safety first. 

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Standing Against Anti-Asian Racism

We stand with all people of Asian descent in the U.S. and around the world, and we condemn hate and violence against any person due to their race, ethnicity or identity.

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Safety First

While the transition to hybrid in-person learning will start with our youngest learners, we want everyone to be prepared when it's their turn to go back to school. We've compiled a list of resources as you prepare. 

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24/7 Free Tutoring for Students

To provide additional support to our students, we are offering unlimited, live tutoring for middle and high school students in all academic subjects--24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are partnering with a company called PAPER to provide this service. 

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Request a Change in Assignment

Families attending schools in-person or remotely may request a change in assignment. Decisions for changes in assignment will be based on certain criteria and capacity.
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Enrollment for the 2021-22 School Year is Open!

Do you know a child who will be 5 years old on or before August 31? Help us spread the word: families can enroll their incoming kindergarten student now for the 2021-22 school year. 
 
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Standards Based Grading

More teachers across Highline are using a standards-based approach. We hope to pilot a new standards-based report card soon and want to hear your thoughts.

Please take a moment to participate in our ThoughtExchange about standards-based grading and a new standards-based report card.

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

Teacher in Classroom

Thank you to all who participated in our focus groups on standards-based grading. More teachers across Highline are using a standards-based approach to grading assignments and giving feedback. We hope to pilot a new standards-based report card soon.

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We want to provide all families, all staff and secondary students opportunities to share feedback, input and ideas on how we can support learning experiences in distance and in-person learning. Please help us better support you by completing the linked survey. The survey will run from March 29 to April 9. Results will help us to plan for this spring and next fall.

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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. 

Student in School

State Superintendent Chris Reykdal announced this week that students will not take state standardized tests this spring. Instead, the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science will be scheduled in Fall 2021.

The fall testing schedule meets the federal requirement for state testing without committing valuable learning time this spring to test-taking. 

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Highline Public Schools announces two property sales in progress or completed, plus one purchase of property adjacent to the Central Office. The new purchase will expand the parking area for meetings and professional development and consolidate storage space.

Welcome Back ALL Grades!

We're pinching ourselves—it feels like a dream to have all grades back on school grounds! Today, we welcomed back more students in grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. It is our biggest first day yet and our second-to-last first day for the 2021-22 school year. We welcome back the rest of our secondary in-person students on Thursday. Most middle and high school students attend in two groups, either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday. Some students who receive special education services attend four days a week. 

Teacher Jessica Ingersoll leads a lessons during hybrid learning.

After 12 months of teaching behind a computer, Jessica Ingersoll has a piece of herself back. "I'm back in my element being in the classroom," shares Ms. Ingersoll, a Madrona Elementary School IAC teacher.

Preschool student holds up her handwritten name, wearing a mask.

Families expressed gratitude to teachers, school staff and district leaders for making it possible and safe to return to classrooms in person this spring. Read what three teachers, three families and several students told us.

Meal Kits

For spring break, April 12 through April 16, meal kits will be offered on Thursday, April 8 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. only. Pick up locations include Chinook and Glacier middle schools and Evergreen and Mount Rainier high schools.

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

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More Fast Facts

18,858

STUDENTS

18,858

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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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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1,172

CLASSROOM TEACHERS

1,172

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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21 POINTS

RISING GRADUATION RATE

21 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 2020 was 83.8%. That's an increase of 21 point rise since 2013.

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