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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Rann Sann

My Highline Story: Rann Sann

As a refugee from Cambodia, Rann began her journey in Highline as a student at Evergreen High School. Fast forward 36 years, Rann is a bilingual paraeducator at Mount View Elementary and supports families and students with the same compassion and zest as she did when she first started. 

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Theo White bus driver

My Highline Story: Theo White

If your student has ever taken the bus in Highline, there is a good chance Theo White has been behind the wheel at some point. Theo began his journey as a bus driver and dispatcher in Highline nearly eight years ago. 

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Student attending FutureU

FutureU is March 29

Juniors, it’s time to start planning for life after high school. This March juniors from New Start, CHOICE, Tyee, Mount Rainier, Highline and Evergreen high schools will attend FutureU at Green River College. At this one-day event, you will explore opportunities, pathways and practice being a college student. 

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Gold Star Award Winners

Gold Star Award Winners

The winners are.... The Highline Schools Foundation announced the winners of its 2023 Gold Star Awards, highlighting the outstanding efforts of Highline educators, staff, volunteers and alumni. 

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First day of kindergarten at Marvista

Calling All New Kindergarten Students

Do you know a child who will be 5 years old on or before August 31? Families can enroll their incoming kindergarten student for the 2023-24 school year now!


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Dig Data & Track Progress

Our online annual report gives users an opportunity to view results by strategic goal, school, year and student group. Scroll over numbers and graphs to read pop-ups with more information. The report is designed to show where we are finding success and where we need to do better. 

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

Highline Headlines - March 17

This week’s Highline Headlines include information about immunization clinics, student learning and grades survey, child tax reminder and more. 

Rann Sann works with a small group of students.

From the bus garage to the lunchroom and everywhere  in between, our school support staff members are often Highline's unsung heroes, ensuring our schools run smoothly and students have what they need to graduate prepared for the future they choose. In honor of Education Support Professionals Week, we turn our spotlight on two of our dedicated support staff and learn what drives them to serve our students. 

Highline Headlines - March 9

There will be no school tomorrow, March 10. Read more headlines including student learning and grades survey, special education information session and free immunization clinics.

2023 Gold Star Awards

The Highline Schools Foundation announced the winners of its 2023 Gold Star Awards, highlighting the outstanding efforts of Highline educators, staff, volunteers and alumni. These eight individuals live the Highline promise to know every student by name, strength and need so that our students graduate prepared for the future they choose. 


Highline Public Schools in partnership with Stepping Stone Pediatrics and Medical Center Pharmacy are offering free routine immunizations and COVID vaccine clinics at some of our school sites. Get your student up to date on their immunizations. No pre-registration is required. Please bring vaccination records. 

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Do you have what you need to understand your student's grades and learning? We are seeking feedback from families of middle and high school students. Take 60 seconds to answer seven questions about your student's learning.

Highline Headlines - March 3

This week’s Highline Headlines include information about the thoughts shared about our proposed strategic plan goals and an invitation to learn about our sexual health education curriculum. 

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A lottery was held on March 1 to select students for our schools and programs that require an application. This includes CHOICE Academy, Big Picture Schools, Highline Virtual Academy, Highline Virtual Elementary, Maritime High School, Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS), the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and the Waskowitz Environmental Leadership Service program.

Student and social worker sitting.

March 5-11 is National School Social Work Week. We checked in with Janet Ceballos, bilingual social worker who serves students at Hazel Valley Elementary and several of our other elementary schools, to find out what drives her and what she likes about social work.

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. Khmer

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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 7 choice schools or multiple alternative education options. 

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Highline's graduation rate has been on a steady rise for the past 7 years. The on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2021 was 83.5%. That's an increase of 21 point rise since 2013.

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