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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Get Ready for ReadyK!

This January we are launching ReadyK!, a transitional kindergarten program for children who have not had access to a high-quality early learning experience. If you know of a family that may benefit from the program, urge them to apply by December 6, 2019.

Learn about ReadyK!

Dig for Data 

You are invited to dig deep into data and track our progress using an interactive annual report. The report shows progress toward the five bold goals outlined in our strategic plan.

Track our progress

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Communication Preferences 

We are committed to two-way communication with students, families and community partners. We use email, robo call and text messages to share timely and important information. Want phone calls for some messages, but only email or text messages for others? You can manage your communication preferences online.

Manage Your Messages

Highline High School seniors celebrate their graduation.

Up Again! 

Graduation rate soars to 83.3% for the Class of 2019! Graduation rates continue to rise for all student groups, with students of color seeing the greatest gains. 


Introducing the Gold Pass

Our Highline Gold Pass provides free admission to middle and high school home games and school performances for those age 65+.

Get a Gold Pass

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Have You Downloaded Our Mobile App? 

We launched a new mobile app and online family portal in October. You can message teachers, check grades and attendance and stay ahead. 

Learn about the new app 

Attendance Matters 

Students can suffer academically if they miss 10% of the school year--that's just one day every two weeks. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. 

Attendance Facts and Tips 

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Our Community Leads the Way

Members of the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee are meeting again this year to plan for future school bonds. Learn how our community leads the way in prioritizing schools for construction bonds.

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

Evergreen building design committee kicks off a meeting.

Design Update: Evergreen High School 
Bassetti Architects kicked off the initial building design process with the Evergreen design committee. Find out more.

Tyee Design Process Kicks Off

Design Update | Tyee High School
The building design process for Tyee High School kicked off on November 20! The small, working committee includes staff, family and community representatives. Find out more.

Get Ready for ReadyK!

This January we are launching ReadyK!, a transitional kindergarten program for children who have not had access to a high-quality early learning experience. If you know of a family that may benefit from the program, urge them to apply.

Weather snow

From time to time during the winter months, the weather may force a change in the normal school schedule. We want you to be prepared and know where to get information.

CFAC Meeting November 2019

About 30 Highline residents and stakeholders met this week to begin planning for future school bonds and construction. The Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) elected new co-chairs and brainstormed questions and information they need to make recommendations.

Parents talk with a Des Moines Teacher

Want to get the most out of your student conference? Here are seven questions to ask during your conference. Use these questions to build a stronger partnership with your student’s teacher and school.


Making a decision about weather-related school closures and schedule changes is always difficult because so many different situations have to be considered. We do our very best to balance the many interests at stake, but we recognize that no matter what decision we make, it will not please everyone.

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Ready for your review! You are invited to dig deep into data and track our progress using an interactive annual report.

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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Mount Rainier Students at graduation.



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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