• Community Meetings on School Safety

    In response to recent incidents of school violence, four districtwide community conversations around school safety will be held. Starting March 22, community meetings will be held at Evergreen, Highline, Tyee and Mount Rainier high schools.

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  • New Website In the Works

    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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  • School Boundaries Ready for Review: Give Feedback

    You are invited to a kick-off Community Meeting about school boundaries on Wednesday, March 14, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Highline High School cafeteria. The community-led Capital Facilities Advisory Committee is sharing their proposed, districtwide boundary plan. They want your feedback.

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  • Límites de las escuelas listas para ser revisadas: Denos su opinión

    Están invitados a la primera reunión de la comunidad sobre los límites de las escuelas el miércoles, 14 de marzo de 6:30 a 8:00 p.m. en la cafetería del bachillerato Highline. El Comité asesor de instalaciones dirigido por la comunidad compartirá su propuesto plan de los límites para todo el distrito. Ellos quieren tus comentarios.

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  • Dig for Data, Celebrate Progress in Highline

    Ready for your review! We invite the community to dig into our data and check out schools’ progress in a new online, interactive Annual Report.

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  • Our mission is to provide the students and families high-quality learning options in creative academic structures that are personalized and flexible to meet the needs of every child and family.


  • Michael Sita Welcome to Highline Public Schools Alternative Programs

    Our schools and programs are high-quality educational options supporting the Highline Public Schools' portfolio of secondary schools. My staff and I are committed to developing small and personalized learning communities that are committed to your child’s educational experiences. Each program is fully accredited with highly qualified teachers and service-oriented adults meeting the individual learning needs of all our students. While our schools and programs serve well over four hundred students each year, no single learning community in Alternative programs has more than two hundred students enrolled. This makes for close knit and supportive school environments where every teacher and counselor knows every student, and family, by Name, Strength and Need, as promised by our superintendent and school board.

    Our alternative schools and programs serve families with a wide range of special needs and high expectations for the schools that their children attend. Our standards for learning and effective instruction teaching make our schools top notch in ability to provide for those in transition, learning English, or requiring special individualized education services. From online to home schooling support, and progressive parent partnerships, we serve families who need flexibility, specialized instruction, a strong parent and family community, or even credit recovery and reengagement or in transition returning to school for those who have been out of school.

    Each of our programs is a school of choice in our district and accessible for families across Highline Public Schools. Our Schools and Programs include:

    Highline CHOICE Academy – a 7th through 12th grade high performing parent partnership with direct connections to college through Running Start and Career through Puget Sound Skills Center. A Washington State School of Distinction “CHOICE is the best kept secret in Highline.” - Parent

    New Start High School – A small, smart high school serving less than two hundred students in grades 10-12 looking for a less comprehensive school experience. Ideal for credit recovery and school reengagement. “Our students are inspiring and graduation day is amazing!” - Student

    Highline Home School Center – A district facilitated, family-based cooperative offering a resource center, parent and teacher taught classes, transcript and portfolio guidance, connecting the home school community to college and post secondary experiences. “Highline supports family-centered Education” - A home-schooling father

    Career Link – Serves over a hundred older students toward a quality high school completion and graduation with scholarships and direct connections to community college. In partnership with and located at South Seattle Community College. Also a Washington State Achievement Award Winner.

    Gateway to College – Premier college connection and graduation opportunity for reengaging students who have been out of school for various reasons. In partnership with and located on the Highline Community College Campus.

    Southwest Youth and Family Services Education Center – A small personalized school re-engagement and credit recovery option for youth transitioning into their next high school.

    The Highline Interim Placement Program – Online programming and learning opportunities in a highly personalized setting for those currently out of school seeking transition or placement into their neighborhood, or next high school. Affectionately called HIPP, this is an interim placement program available only with administrative or counseling referral.

    We believe in all of our students' ability to achieve and excel in their schooling. Our aim is to get every graduate into a quality college or career training opportunity immediately after they receive a diploma. In Highline Alternative Programs we connect with each of our students through personalized college and career counseling and advisement using a state approved curriculum. Our college and career connection center oversees a comprehensive counseling and preparation program for life after high school, attending to every child in our schools.

    Family engagement and partnership is encouraged and invited by each of our programs and schools. We involve community and shared resources to enrich and enhance the school experience for all the children we teach. Please contact myself, the teachers in programs or our school counselors to see how you can be involved and join us supporting the students of Highline Alternative Programs.

    Michael Sita
    Principal, New Start & Highline
    CHOICE Academy
    Highline Alternative Programs

About Us

  • at Salmon Creek site
    614 SW 120th Street
    Burien, WA 98146
    Office Manager
    Parveen Ericksen
    School Hours
    9:00 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
    Early Release Days
    9:00 a.m - 11:50 p.m.

    Office Hours
    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


  • 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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  • We're Listening: Social-Emotional Learning

    It's time to share what we heard in a recent online community conversation about social and emotional learning in Highline. Two themes emerged from the online conversation.

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Planning & Construction

  • Keeping Our Promise