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

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6th Grade in Middle School

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6th grade moves up to in middle school September 2019.

6th grade moves up to middle school starting in September 2019. Highline's middle schools will serve 6th, 7th and 8th grade students, the most common middle school configuration in our state and nation. The opening of Glacier Middle School in SeaTac in fall 2019 will provide capacity in our middle schools to add 6th grade.

Placing 6th grade in middle school supports our goals for students outlined in our strategic plan.

In middle school, students have opportunities for higher level coursework, electives, arts, athletics and extracurricular activities they do not have in elementary school. With three years in middle school, students will develop stronger relationships with their teachers and staff, in keeping with our promise to know every student by name, strength and need. 

Planning Began in 2015

Planning for the 6th grade transition began in 2015, with a team of staff and parents led by Diana Garcia, a longtime elementary and middle school principal in Highline. This initial effort paused when two bonds failed, but became the foundation work for the renewed planning effort after the November 2016 bond passed.

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