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

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Superintendent of the Year

Superintendent Enfield will receive the 2018 Superintendent of the Year award from the National School Foundation Association. 

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Kindergarten Registration - Happening NOW 

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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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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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. 

Become a Driver

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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.

Upcoming Events

Latest News

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More locks are coming soon. Voters funded the 2016 school bond, which set aside money for improved security, including safer interior and exterior door locks. Here is an updated timeline and list of schools.

2019 Gold Star Award Winners

The Highline Schools Foundation announced the winners of the 2019 Gold Star Awards at the annual Gold Star Awards BASH on March 14. The Highline community gathered to root on the award nominees. Congratulations to all the Gold Star winners and nominees. You make us all Highline Proud! 

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Staff and community members from across the district are talking and crunching numbers to finalize priorities and construction budgets for the next school bond.

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Curious counselors and teachers from Highline High School checked out the Olympic Interim site in February. The renovation is almost done. Here are photos so you can preview. Watch for an Open House announcement!

Last Day of School is June 25

We want students to receive all scheduled time for instruction, so we will not apply for a waiver for the February snow days.

CFAC Members talking and prioritizing schools for construction.

Our community-led Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) met on February 27. They reviewed photos of the aging buildings they toured and started looking at baseline costs for replacing the three schools that will begin the design process this year. 

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Highline Public Schools will adopt new materials for social studies and math--and we want your input! New instructional materials will be selected for kindergarten-8th grade math and 6th-11th grade social studies. You’re invited to drop by an open house to learn more about the instructional materials under consideration.

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All 11th-grade students will participate in FutureU on Wednesday, March 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. at Green River College.

News

A lottery was held on March 1 to select students for our secondary schools that require an application or a program transfer. This includes CHOICE Academy, Big Picture Schools, Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program offered at Mount Rainier High School (MRHS).

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

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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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