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

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Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Ready for the First Day?

Double-check your school assignment! Boundary changes take effect this September. 

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Free Summer Meals

Highline children can eat free breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the summer through the federally funded Simplified Summer Food Program.

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New Mobile App Coming Fall 2019

To give families what they need to support their children, we will launch a new mobile app and online family portal in fall 2019.

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New Curricula This Fall

The Highline School Board approved the adoption of new social studies and math curricula. Students will begin using the new instructional materials in fall 2019.

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Register for Kindergarten 

Children turning 5 years old on or before August 31 can start kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year. Register your student now!

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Teacher of the Year

Nicole teaches second grade at McMicken Heights Elementary. She is known as a leader at her school. She is constantly working to ensure all students have what they need and are pushed to their highest potential.  

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Kelly Morris teaching students.

Rookie Teacher of the Year

Kelly leads a classroom full of first-grade students at Hilltop Elementary. She's known for the high standards she sets for herself and students. Students are cared for deeply, and in turn, care deeply about each other and are invested in each other's social-emotional and academic development.  

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HS Course Offerings Top Priorities

In March, families, staff, students and the community were invited to share ideas and rate priorities through an online conversation. The results from our online conversation are now available.

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Upcoming Events

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Keep your children healthy and safe by making sure they are up to date on vaccines. Attend a free immunization clinic on Tuesday, August 13. All Highline families are welcome. 

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The Highline/Wesley Homes Intergenerational Montessori Preschool was recognized by District Administration magazine. The national recognition honors school districts that are leading the way with new ideas that solve challenges. 

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Children turning 5 years old on or before August 31 can start kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year. Register your incoming kindergartener to have access to free kindergarten readiness programs and materials.

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King County named this year’s Green Schools, and five of our schools made the list. Congratulations to North Hill Elementary School, Shorewood Elementary School, Waskowitz Outdoor School, McMicken Heights Elementary School and Sylvester Middle School.

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Starting in fall 2019, we are taking a new approach to middle school math to ensure students have the foundational skills necessary to be successful in algebra and beyond. We are introducing a new math curriculum, and the course sequence will be different than before.

Oversight Committee members meet for a quarterly bond progress report.

Six community members and experts keep an eye on our 2016 school bond projects and finances. We provide quarterly reports to the Oversight Committee and the school board. Get the status on every bond project and other capital projects in this report summary. We're on target with the 2016 school bond.

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

More Fast Facts



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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. Cambodian

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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 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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