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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It is the policy of Highline Public Schools to ensure that each student graduates with a meaningful diploma and is prepared for the future they have chosen.  Beginning with the graduating class of 2020, students must meet one or more of the state-identified pathways, in addition to other graduation requirements, to graduate from high school. 

Each student’s high school and beyond plan (HSBP) must include information about which pathway a student is on, recognizing that this pathway may change based on a student’s academic needs and interests.  See procedure 2400 P3 for information on the HSBP.

To support student success, the district will permit each of the nine state-authorized “graduation pathways”.  This will allow students and families to pick the pathway that best meets a student’s needs and interests. The nine pathways are:

  • State Assessments
  • Dual Credit Courses
  • High School Transition Courses
  • Advanced Coursework
  • SAT or ACT Exams
  • Combination
  • Career & Technical Education Courses
  • Performance-Based

At least annually, the district will examine data on student groups participating in and completing each graduation pathway option offered by the school district according to RCW 28A.655.260.

The Superintendent is authorized to develop procedures to implement this policy.

Cross Reference:
2400 Meaningful High School Diploma
2410 High School Graduation

WSSDA Cross Reference:
2415 Performance Based Pathway for High School Graduation

Legal References:

WAC 180-51-050 High School Credit Definition

WAC 180-51-230 Graduation Pathway Options

RCW 28A.230.090 High school graduation requirements or equivalencies

RCW 28A.655.250 Graduation pathway options

RCW 28A.655.260 Graduation pathway options



Highline School District No. 401
Adopted by the Board: June 2024
Revised by the Board:
Classification: Essential