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

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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 Coming

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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A MRHS 2018 graduate with his family.

Dig for Data, Celebrate Progress

Ready for your review! You are invited to dig deep into the data and review our progress in our online, interactive 2017-18 Annual Report.

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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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Latest News

Senior Efrain Lopez with his favorite elementary teacher Denise Della Pella at Southern Heights Elementary.

Four of our seniors took a step back before they walked across the graduation stage. Each visited their elementary school to surprise a teacher and say thank you for the lasting impact they made. We captured these special and heartfelt moments on video to share with you. 

CFAC Members discuss bond recommendation.

Our community-led Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) members plan to recommend to the school board on June 26 that the next school bond include rebuilding Evergreen and Tyee high schools and Pacific Middle School.

Chinook Teacher Named Regional Teacher of the Year

Chinook Middle School physical education teacher Reid Sundblad is the 2019 Regional Teacher of the Year, representing King and Pierce counties. This honor makes Sundblad a candidate for the Washington State Teacher of the Year award, which will be announced this fall.

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Highline children can eat free breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the summer through the federally funded Simplified Summer Food Program. The program provides funding for several of our schools to serve children living in South King County. 
 

2019 Highline Retirees

We are honoring and celebrating our retiring employees. Forty-four Highline staff members are retiring (or have already retired) this school year. 

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The Board of Directors will hold a public budget hearing on Wednesday, June 19 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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With the close of the legislative session, we now have a clearer budget picture for 2019-20. State lawmakers made some modifications to the McCleary funding plan that help us. However, enrollment is still declining, and that means a decline in state funding.

MRHS Success Dean Jay Upshaw works with a teaching  colleague and two students after school.

Our strategic plan names ambitious academic goals, including a goal for at least 19 out of 20 students to graduate prepared to choose their future. Why aim so high? Because our students are worth it, and they are capable of it.

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

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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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95

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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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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19 POINTS

RISING GRADUATION RATE

Mount Rainier Students at graduation.

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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