Our mission is to challenge students to grow to the best of their academic potential and to become self-sufficient and socially responsible citizens.

Gregory Heights is in partnership with our community for the education of children.


Dear Gregory Heights Families and Community:

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! We are looking forward to a great year of learning and working together! Gregory Heights Elementary School is rich in diversity. We celebrate that attribute and build on the varied backgrounds and strengths each student brings to the learning environment here. There are families in our community who have had students at Gregory Heights for multiple generations, which is an affirmation of the community oriented nature of our school.

The students and staff at Gregory Heights benefit greatly from the partnerships we have with families and community organizations, including Gregory Heights PTSA, Arts Corps, and the WISE consortium.  These organizations provide enrichment opportunities and family events that engage our students and the school community in opportunities to learn and have fun together. Our partner organizations and teachers sponsor clubs and classes for our students, like Student Leadership Team, Robotics, Girls on the Run, and arts classes.

Gregory Heights Elementary students engage not only in academic learning, but we recognize that children are physical, social, and emotional beings as well and support the whole child here at school.  Students participate weekly in physical and musical education. Staff and students use Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) school wide to learn, teach, and recognize appropriate behaviors in classrooms and common areas throughout the schoolhouse. Consistent expectations and routines are taught in order to support a safe, respectful, and responsible learning environment that fosters critical thinking and problem-solving.

Gregory Heights is one of four elementary schools participating in the launch of the Digital Leadership Corp. This partnership with Discovery Education will help teachers integrate technology into daily lessons by creating engaging learning opportunities that are culturally responsive to students. In addition, students use a variety of technology devices, such as computers, iPads, and Kindles, to support their learning here at Gregory Heights.

We have adopted a slogan for this school year: Discovering Greater Heights.  We look forward to partnering with our families and community to make that slogan an everyday reality for the learning and collaboration.

Best Regards,

Robin Totten, Principal

Jessica Mack, Assistant Principal


About Us

16201 16th Avenue SW
Burien, WA 98166

Office Manager
Cheryl Smith

School Hours
8:40 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Early Release Days
8:40 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 


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