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

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Strategic Plan

In 2013, parents, students, community members, and staff at all levels of the district came together to develop a four-year strategic plan that reflects our goals and dreams for our students.

We began a process to update the plan in spring 2017, after reaching the target date set for most goals in the 2013-2017 strategic plan. The new plan will guide our work through 2023. 

Based on feedback from staff and families, the updated plan includes a specific focus on the social and emotional needs of our students. Research shows a strong connection between social-emotional well-being and academic success.

The strategic plan is centered on Our Promise. It includes five bold goals for Highline students, supported by Our Foundation.

Our Promise

EVERY STUDENT in Highline Public Schools is known by name, strength and need, and graduates prepared for the future they choose.

Our Goals

School Culture

Our schools are welcoming and safe places where students and staff are respected and supported to succeed. 

Growth & Mastery

Students will make a minimum of one year of growth annually, meeting or exceeding standards in all grade levels. 

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

Students will graduate bilingual and biliterate.

High School Graduation

Students will graduate from high school prepared for the future they choose.

Our Foundation


We will disrupt institutional biases and end inequitable practices so all students have an equal chance at success.


We will reduce achievement and opportunity gaps by using culturally responsive, inclusive, standards-based instruction.


We will know our students by name, strength and need and have open, two-way communication with students, families, and community partners.


We will increase student success by supporting their social-emotional and academic needs.

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Annual Report


Spring 2017

  • Held listening session with teachers at every school
  • Held listening session with central office staff

October 2017

  • Held listening sessions with staff at every school
  • Held listening session with central office staff
  • Helda a ThoughtExchange conversation for families and staff

Nov. - Dec. 2017

  • Analyzed data from listening sessions and Thoughtexchange
  • Drafted updated plan, based on data

January 2018

  • Shared top themes in feedback from staff and families
  • Presented draft plan to all staff and get feedback
  • Presented draft plan to families and community and get feedback
  • Made adjustments needed based on feedback

February 2018

  • School board adopted renewed strategic plan
  • Premiered the plan to staff, family and community on February 21.