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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Listening Tour Feedback

Listening Tours


The listening tour included: 

  • 27 focus groups of students, staff, families and community stakeholders
  • 5 in-person community meetings
  • 2 virtual community meetings
  • 1 online ThoughtExchange
  • Visits to every school
  • Meetings with departments, employee association partners and community partners

Strategic Plan

The listening tour feedback shaped the development of a new strategic plan. 

"I am committed to courageous goals for every student, grounded in equity and driven by a sincere belief in our students' abilities and their aspirations for the future," Dr. Duran 


Based on the listening tour feedback, we found we need to focus on:

  • Creating inclusive school cultures where students experience a sense of belonging.
  • Providing exceptional and equitable experiences that result in better outcomes for students.
  • Preparing our students for the future they choose.
  • Ensuring operational efficiency and excellence.


The listening tour identified several strengths including:

  • Students report being known by name and having at least one meaningful relationship with an adult at their school. 
  • Students can articulate their strengths and feel their strengths are acknowledged by adults. 
  • Families express a deep sense of gratitude and growing satisfaction with Highline.
  • Staff and board members share a deep dedication to the communities they serve and to equitable practice and policy.


The listening tour also highlighted areas where we need to improve. In Highline, we must:

  • Ensure every student feels safe and welcome at school and address bullying.
  • Provide academic experiences that stretch and challenge students and prepare them for future success.
  • Improve policies, practices and programs to provide consistent support to students receiving special education services.
  • Strengthen the partnership between schools and central office in support of students.
  • Recommit to the Highline Promise to achieve equity and focus our efforts on the strategic plan goals.
  • Offer equitable opportunities to students across schools.