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

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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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Student Conferences

Want to get the most of out of your student conference? Here are six tips to build a stronger partnership with your child's school.

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Trimester Schedule 

Your feedback is helping us plan a smooth transition to a trimester system, starting in fall 2020. Check out the top-rated comments shared in our spring Thoughtexchange.

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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.

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Want to get the most of out of your student conference? Here are six tips to help you build a stronger partnership with your child's school and teacher.

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Our graduation rate for the Class of 2018 is 81.1%, up from 78.8% in 2017. Graduation rates have risen for five consecutive years, from 62.3% in 2013.

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It is our responsibility as adults is to make sure that all students are welcomed and valued. This includes the students we serve who are transgender, gender non-binary and gender non-conforming.  

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Did you know... 95% of high school students in Highline believe it is important to get permission before sexual activity with anyone. This fall, we're launching a social norms campaign focused on student safety, healthy relationships and respect. 

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Shorewood Elementary and CHOICE Academy were recognized with the 2018 School of Distinction Award. The award is given to the top 5% of schools in Washington State that have made sustained improvement in reading and math.

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A new year of planning for future needs kicks off Wednesday, October 10. Community members from every high school service area in Highline Public Schools are charged with recommending a long-range capital facilities plan to the school board.

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

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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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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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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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RISING GRADUATION RATE

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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