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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School Buildings Closed Remainder of the 2019-20 Year

School buildings are closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. Students and teachers are engaged in distance learning.

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Graduation 2020

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 in a year like no other! Get the scoop on cap & gown pick-up and drive-through graduation ceremonies!

Where and when and how? 

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Class of 2020

There are many questions and concerns about graduation and other requirements for the 2020 senior class. We’re working hard to address all questions and support our seniors. 

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Celebrating Our Teachers

Teacher week was May 4-8. We are thankful for their extraordinarily hard work during this time of distance learning. In celebration, we are shining a spotlight on teachers who won and were nominated for a Gold Star award through the Highline Schools Foundation. 

Our Shining Stars

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Meal Locations 

Free meals are available to all Highline students during the school closure.

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Technology Support

As students engage in distance learning, you may need technology support. Here's a webpage of resources and step-by-step instructions for you.

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Distance Learning

Based on the latest guidance from the state, we have built a plan to continue instruction to the extent possible. 

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Coronavirus Latest

Get the latest information on the coronavirus and how it impacts our schools and community.

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Talking to Kids about Coronavirus

If you keep checking your phone for the latest coronavirus updates, chances are your kids have noticed. Be ready to answer your child’s questions about coronavirus. If they don't seem interested or don't ask a lot of questions, that's OK too. Just follow their lead.

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Enroll Online for 2020-21 School Year

Get ready for kindergarten! Do you know a child who will be five years old on or before August 31? Spread the word... now is the time to register for kindergarten. 

Enroll Online

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Communication Preferences 

We use email, robo call and text messages to share timely and important information to our families. Want phone calls for some messages, but only email or text messages for others? You can manage your communication preferences online.

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Upcoming Events

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Our schools are scheduling time during the week of June 15 for you to pick up any items your child left at school and to return library books and other items to school. Please look for a message from your school giving you the designated date and time.


With the current restrictions on in-person activities, children and teens may be spending more time online. Please take this opportunity to talk with your child about staying safe online. Younger children are especially vulnerable to being deceived by people they encounter in multi-player games and other internet gathering places.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2020. Our seniors have worked hard, and they deserve to be celebrated. We wish we could give them a traditional graduation ceremony, but since that is not possible due to the pandemic, we have worked hard to plan a creative way to celebrate commencement. 

Family Update for May 11

Today's update includes the last day of school, email bouncebacks and wifi resources in the community.

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During this difficult time, we understand that as a parent taking a bigger role in your student’s education you may have concerns. Distance Learning brought countless challenges, but Highline Public Schools is committed to communicating and working with you and your family. If you are encountering:

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Educators have never had to adapt like they have this year, creating new ways to engage students and families. Highline teachers made an overnight transition to a distance learning model, showing our community their best qualities: innovation, perseverance, tenacity, care and commitment. 

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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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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