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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Strategic Plan

LIVING OUR PROMISE, our three-year strategic plan, will guide us toward challenging, equitable learning. We have four BIG goals.



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

Strategic plan graphic

Culture of Belonging

culture of belonging

A culture where all are welcome, valued, and safe.

Innovative Learning

Innovative Learning

Academic experiences that engage, empower, and challenge every student.

Bilingual & Biliterate

Bilingual and Biliterate

Multicultural skills that enable students to live, work, and communicate across cultures.


future ready

Students explore possibilities and develop mindsets that prepare them for a changing future.

MRHS students at graduation

Strategic Plan Development

OCT. - NOV. 2022

  • Listening Tour
  • 7 Community Meetings
  •  27 Focus Groups

NOV. - DEC. 2022

  • Analyze Feedback and Develop Report

JAN. - JUNE 2023

  • Share What We Learned
  • Gather Feedback on Draft Goals
  • 3 Advisory Groups
  • Strategic Plan Update

See Our Promise at Work

Inspiring Hearts and Minds

Erin's philosophy is simple: every student deserves to feel valued. Each day, she begins her classes at Mount View Elementary with intention and dedication. Following a terminal diagnosis, her commitment to making an impact and creating a haven of belonging and learning has only deepened.

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Students in the culinary and dental programs at PSSC.

Classrooms at Puget Sound Skills Center (PSSC) mirror real-world workplaces—be it repairing cars in an auto body shop, serving guests at the Class Act Restaurant, or seeing patients in a state-of-the-art dental clinic. With 19 diverse programs, PSSC prepares high school juniors and seniors for their chosen futures through specialized career and technical training.  Students can earn industry certifications and college credits while they’re in high school. Here’s a look at two of PSSC’s popular programs, Dental Assisting and Culinary Arts & Sciences.

Read More about Hands-On, Workplace-Oriented Learning
Student works with a staff member at Innovation Heights Academy.

Innovation Heights Academy is transforming student lives with a new program model that emphasizes credit recovery, wellness, and interest-driven learning.  In the first year of the new school, students and staff are already seeing the results. See how the school ensures its students are seen, valued, and supported to reach their full potential.

Read More about Transforming Futures: The Success Story of Innovation Heights
McMicken Heights student Seth smiling at the camera.

If you spend time at McMicken Heights Elementary, chances are you will meet fourth-grader Seth Bobbitt. His laugh is contagious. His curiosity is infectious. School is his happy place. Seth was born with Down syndrome. His family wanted a school experience where Seth could learn, play and grow alongside his peers. That's exactly what they found at McMicken Heights.

Read More about Seth's Story: Including Students of All Abilities
Fighting Fires and Forging Futures

At Maritime High School, students don't just learn about the sea, they learn on it. From fighting simulated fires in full gear to navigating the waves aboard the Admiral Jack ferry, this school merges classroom learning with hands-on experience. Maritime High School prepares students for a future in a vital industry facing a workforce shortage. Open to all, this school is a beacon for those drawn to maritime careers, providing not just education but a direct route to meaningful, well-paying jobs.

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The Power Of Belonging: Student Voices

At Highline, our goal is for everyone to feel they belong the moment they step through the doors. A Culture of Belonging is the first of four goals in our new strategic plan, “Living Our Promise.” Through the voices of our Superintendent’s Student Leadership Team, discover the difference a Culture of Belonging makes in fostering meaningful connections, self-confidence and academic success.

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Evergreen High School 2023 graduate.

Imagine what could happen for students if the entire community rallied around our Highline Promise to know every student by name, strength and need so that they graduate prepared for the future they choose? Our new strategic plan points the way.

Read More about Living Our Promise