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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COVID-19 Testing

We are offering COVID-19 testing to students, families and staff. Appointments are required. We encourage you to be tested only if you are experiencing symptoms, have a known exposure or have been traveling. 

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When to Stay Home

Wondering what the recent updates to COVID-19 health protocols issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mean for Highline?

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Apply to Schools of Choice

Our Promise is that every student is known by name, strength and need, and graduates prepared for the future they choose. One way we do that is by offering schools that match student needs and interests. Learn about our six schools of choice for students in 6th through 12th grade. The application window for schools of choice is open January 3 through January 31. 

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Embark on a Unique Learning Voyage

Maritime High School has been making waves. Learn what makes this new school a unique adventure, see the inaugural class in its floating classroom, and find out how incoming students can be part of the story. 

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McMicken Heights Teacher Annie Nguyen teaches a small group of students.

High Expectations

After 18 months of distance and hybrid instruction, you may be concerned about whether your student can master this year’s grade level. Regardless of the strengths and needs each student brings to class, we believe they can all meet high expectations. Our teachers support them every step of the way.

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Free Tutoring, 24/7

Middle and high school students have access to free live tutoring 24/7 in all academic subjects through Paper tutoring. Connect with tutors online through live chat and get help with homework questions or feedback on a written assignment. 

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

COVID 19 test

Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have a known exposure? Make an appointment at one of Highline's testing sites. You can also now order at-home tests for free through the federal governement. 


With staff absences trending down this week, we will begin to dial back the number of central office staff being deployed to schools starting next week. We will continue to monitor COVID cases and absences and will increase school support again if needed.

Learn the considerations for shifting to remote and watch Superintendent Enfield's video message on the outlook for the coming weeks.

Angelica Alvarez speaks with students at Hazel Valley Elementary School.

Volunteer. Student advocate. Leader. These are just a few words to describe our school board members.  Our five board members volunteer their time and energy to lead our public schools and ensure students graduate prepared for the future they choose. During these especially challenging times, we appreciate their commitment to serving our students, staff, families and community.

COVID 19 test

You can now order at-home tests for free. Each home is eligible for four at-home tests.

Make sure to order your tests now so you have them when you need them.

A Message from Superintendent Enfield

While we remain committed to keeping our students in school, we must prepare for the possibility of switching all schools to remote learning for a short period of time. If we need to make this transition, we will notify you by email and text with as much advance notice as possible.

Updated Guidance on Quarantine and Isolation

Here is a summary of updated guidance on quarantine and isolation, based on recently updated guidance from the Washington State Department of Health. The guidance is effective Tuesday, January 18 and applies to cases from the week of January 10, 2022.

Cedarhurst staff member works one-on-one with a student.

It's report card time for Highline! We invite you to dig deep into data and track our progress using our interactive annual report. Our digital report card includes metrics that show how we are doing in becoming a more equitable school system. View results by goal, school, year and student group. Scroll over numbers and graphs, and read pop-ups with more information.


Our director of Camp Waskowitz and WELS, Dr. Roberta McFarland, has announced she will retire at the end of this school year. Dr. McFarland’s leadership of Camp Waskowitz for nearly 25 years has built upon and strengthened the long legacy of Camp Waskowitz in our community and beyond.  She developed and has been a tireless advocate for our WELS program. We are grateful for her leadership.

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 6 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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