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  • The WELS Promise
    WELS creates a pathway for students to take control of their future as a Scholar and Leader in service to their community.

    WELS Staff Promise:

    • to respect you as a learner
    • to respect you as a person
    • to support your learning style
    • to support your growth as a leader
    • to partner with your families
    • to partner with you to earn a high school diploma.

    We Expect:

    • your best effort
    • highest standard of behavior in school, at Waskowitz, and in the community
    • positive regard for staff and fellow students
    • you to show up every day, on time and ready to learn
    • to demonstrate integrity, commitment, positive attitude, respect, and empathy



  • Roberta McFarland

    “Happify” and a warm welcome from WELS (Waskowitz Environmental Leadership & Service)/Puget Sound High School!

    As Director/Principal of WELS an innovative high school of choice, I believe I have the best job in Highline Public Schools. 

    WELS began as an inspiration to extend the powerful leadership opportunities high school students who served as one-week leaders at Waskowitz into an advanced study of leadership and nature.  That was in 1999. 

    Today WELS has grown through a partnership with Puget Sound Skill Center.  WELS is an innovative program of choice; all students schedule with WELS class offerings and stay on the educational pathway determined at their time of enrollment. While we currently do not offer foreign language, chemistry, or any advanced math classes; we do offer proven success in COE completion, state-mandated test prep and many articulations with local colleges for dual credit. Our students reach graduation success, as well as college and trade support for the 13th year!

    Based on the education philosophies found with John Dewey’s experiential educational theory, WELS curriculum draws upon real-world experiences for authentic and educative opportunities. Attending to the social emotional learning of each student through the importance of community building and a student-centered approach is another hallmark of the program. WELS/PSHS welcomes students that desire a smaller learning community and are willing to work hard and commit to full participation. Students will move through the pathways according to their credit attainment. A junior in WELS classic would move to the senior program while a sophomore in WELS classic could be a WELS student for all three years, advancing to our Central, then Senior program. 

    Please contact us to see if WELS is the right choice for you!

    Roberta McFarland

About Us

  • Waskowitz Environmental Leadership and Service
    440 South 186th Street
    Burien, WA 98148
    Office Manager
    Carey Gannaw
    School Hours - Senior Program
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 7:55 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
    Thursday: 7:55 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    School Hours - Classics & Centrals programs
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 7:55 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Thursday: 7:55 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Office Hours
    Monday-Thursday: 7:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


  • 17 Superstar Teachers

    If you are looking for real-life superstars, look no further than Highline. All of our teachers are stars, and we want you to meet a few who earned gold stars this year from someone who especially admires their commitment to know every student by name, strength and need.

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  • Celebrating Our Dedicated Support Staff

    We are honoring the often unsung heroes of our schools, our classified employees—support staff who serve lunches, drive buses, clean schools and support our students in so many ways. We are grateful for their dedication and outstanding work on behalf of our students.

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  • New Website Coming Summer 2018

    We are in the process of redesigning our website. Our new site will be easier to navigate, accessible to users with disabilities and will require less staff time to create and manage content. We now need your feedback to figure out what you need and expect from the new Highline website.

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  • 5 Bold Goals for 2018-2023

    What if the entire community rallied around our promise to know every student by name, strength and need and our goal for every student to graduate prepared for the future they choose? Our updated strategic plan points the way.

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  • Highline Levy Passing

    It appears our levy measure will pass, with early results showing more than 58% voting in favor of renewal. “I am grateful to voters for their support of our students and schools. Local funding for our schools is critical,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield.

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