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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2021 graduate at the Mount Rainier High School graduation.

Congrats, Graduates! 

It was the graduation celebration the Class of 2021 hoped for... in person and with their classmates. After more than 15 months apart in remote or hybrid learning, the Class of 2021 was made whole again. 

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Students in school.

Secondary Class Schedule for 2021-22

After gathering feedback from counselors, teachers, students and families about two possible secondary class schedules (6-period day and 3-period A/B schedule), we have decided to move forward with the 6-period day for 2021-22.

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Meal Kits

Summer Meals 

Our summer meal program will begin Monday, June 28. Summer meals are free to all students and children 18 years and younger.

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Learning for Fall 2021

Starting in September 2021, we plan to reopen schools for in-person instruction for students in Pre-K through grade 12.

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Funding for Counselors in 2021-22

Recognizing that our students will need extra social-emotional support due to the impacts of the pandemic, Superintendent Enfield has decided to invest nearly $1 million to provide every school with at least one full-time counselor in 2021-22.

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Vaccine Clinics at Schools

We are hosting Student and Family COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at four of our high schools, starting in early June. No appointment is required. The clinics are for all students who are 12 years old and older, and eligible family members. The vaccines are free and available regardless of health insurance, citizenship or immigration status. Photo ID is not required.

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Teacher of the Year Kristin Wesp and Rookie Teacher of the Year Gami Diaz Lizama.

Teaching Through a Pandemic 

The past 14 months have been extremely challenging for educators across the country. In Highline, our teachers showed incredible innovation and perseverance as they transitioned to distance learning and then hybrid learning, finding new ways to engage students and families. 

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Thank You, School Nurses!

The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the role school nurses play in student health and community health. Thank you, school nurses, for all you do for our communities.

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Gold Star Teachers

Read the stories our community tells about Highline teachers who tackled the challenges of teaching from home, in-person or hybrid, to reach our students in their homes or from behind their masks. 

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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 

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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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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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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Upcoming Events

Latest News

After 14 years on the Highline School Board, Bernie Dorsey has resigned, as he and his wife Jill are relocating out of the area. Dorsey received accolades from school board members, Superintendent Susan Enfield and the superintendent's cabinet as his resignation was accepted by the school board.


For the past week and a half, our email system has received an exceptionally high volume of spam, which has caused the system to slow down significantly. Juneteenth has been designated a state and federal holiday.

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Dual language students opting for remote will have a limited dual language program. We want to share with you what remote dual language instruction will look like next year.

Summer Meals

Our summer meal program will begin Monday, June 28. Families can choose to pick up either weekly meal kits or daily meals. 

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See below for a free virtual summer learning experience for students in grades K-8 that provides learning in areas such as reading, math, and cooking classes for the family.

2021 graduate at the Mount Rainier High School graduation.

It was the graduation celebration the Class of 2021 hoped for... in-person and with their classmates. After more than 15 months apart in remote or hybrid learning, the Class of 2021 was made whole again. Seniors came together in person for the first time since before the pandemic to celebrate the end of high school.  

student and teacher in classroom

McMicken Heights is one of 38 Washington schools cited in a just-released study of schools that have successfully removed barriers for Black, Latino/a, American Indian/Alaska Native, and students experiencing poverty. 

The study concluded that "these schools demonstrate that it is possible to illuminate the strengths of diverse students and dismantle unproductive systems put in place when the US public school system began."

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We look forward to celebrating our graduates in person this year. Ceremonies will be at  Highline Memorial Stadium and the Highline Performing Arts Center. Read for information on parking, shuttles, ticketing and more. 

Elementary students in class at Cedarhurst Elementary School.

Nearly 92% of families who made a selection for schooling next fall are choosing to send their students to school in person. Just 832 students--362 elementary and 470 secondary--have requested remote learning for 2021-22.



Check out today’s family message that includes the last day of school and the preliminary results from the Fall Selection Form.

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.


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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 4 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 2020 was 83.8%. That's an increase of 21 point rise since 2013.

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