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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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2021 graduate at the Mount Rainier High School graduation.

Congrats, Graduates! 

It was the graduation celebration the Class of 2021 hoped for... in person and with their classmates. After more than 15 months apart in remote or hybrid learning, the Class of 2021 was made whole again. 

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Secondary Class Schedule for 2021-22

After gathering feedback from counselors, teachers, students and families about two possible secondary class schedules (6-period day and 3-period A/B schedule), we have decided to move forward with the 6-period day for 2021-22.

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Meal Kits

Summer Meals 

Try our FREE summer meal program. Going on now. Summer meals are free to all students and children 18 years and younger. Choose meal kit pickup or on-site ready-to-eat meals.

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Funding for Counselors in 2021-22

Recognizing that our students will need extra social-emotional support due to the impacts of the pandemic, Superintendent Enfield has decided to invest nearly $1 million to provide every school with at least one full-time counselor in 2021-22.

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Thank You, School Nurses!

The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the role school nurses play in student health and community health. Thank you, school nurses, for all you do for our communities.

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Teacher of the Year Kristin Wesp and Rookie Teacher of the Year Gami Diaz Lizama.

Teaching Through a Pandemic 

The past 14 months have been extremely challenging for educators across the country. In Highline, our teachers showed incredible innovation and perseverance as they transitioned to distance learning and then hybrid learning, finding new ways to engage students and families. 

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Gold Star Teachers

Read the stories our community tells about Highline teachers who tackled the challenges of teaching from home, in-person or hybrid, to reach our students in their homes or from behind their masks. 

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Highline Virtual Academy

The Highline Virtual Academy will be the only all-remote option in 2021-22. It launches this fall for students in 6th through 12th grade. Learn more and apply! 

Highline Virtual Academy 

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Enrollment for the 2021-22 School Year is Open!

Do you know a child who will be 5 years old on or before August 31? Help us spread the word: families can enroll their incoming kindergarten student now for the 2021-22 school year. 
 
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Standing Against Anti-Asian Racism

We stand with all people of Asian descent in the U.S. and around the world, and we condemn hate and violence against any person due to their race, ethnicity or identity.

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

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The Highline School Board voted last night to delay their appointment of a director to fill the term of Bernie Dorsey, who stepped down from the school board in June.

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Six individuals have applied for the school board position vacated by Bernie Dorsey. Dorsey stepped down in June because he is moving out of state. 

The open position represents District 4, which geographically encompasses Marvista, North Hill, Madrona, and Bow Lake elementary schools, Chinook Middle School, and Tyee High School, as well as other educational sites. Applicants must live within the boundaries of District 4. 

The School Board will appoint one of the candidates to the open position at its August 4 meeting. The successful candidate will be sworn in on August 18. 

The public will have the opportunity to meet the applicants at a Meet and Greet on Thursday, July 29 at 5:00-6:30 via Zoom.  

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Here is a look at the 2021-22 school calendar. These dates and breaks are reflected on our website calendar. The calendar will be final after HEA members vote on it in August. At this time, we do not anticipate changes. 

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As an extra measure of safety, we are offering free COVID-19 tests to Highline students in our summer school programs who have one or more COVID-19 symptoms and/or have been exposed to someone with a positive COVID-19 test. 

COVID 19 test

To maintain the health and safety of our students, we are offering additional protocols beyond masking and social distancing which will allow safe participation in summer school and athletic programs. Starting July 12, we will offer weekly COVID-19 tests for students participating in summer school at Mount Rainier High School (MRHS) and students participating in summer athletics programming. 

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There will be no summer programs on Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day. All schools will be closed. 

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Due to the weather forecast for extreme heat on Monday, all Highline summer school programs and classes are canceled for Monday, June 28. This includes programs at Puget Sound Skills Center. No meals for students will be available at any of our schools or meal pick-up locations on Monday, June 28.

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The Highline Public Schools Board of Directors is considering a replacement four-year educational programs and operation levy for the fall election. The district seeks individuals interested in joining pro or con committees. Committees are responsible for writing statements for and against the levy in the voters pamphlet.

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Congratulations incoming seniors! We know that transitioning into senior year can be stressful, so we want to help guide you through that process this summer. 

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

at a Glance

More Fast Facts

18,858

STUDENTS

18,858

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. Khmer

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1,172

CLASSROOM TEACHERS

1,172

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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schools

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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21 POINTS

RISING GRADUATION RATE

21 POINT RISE

IN GRADUATION RATE

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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