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

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Sixth Grade in Middle School

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Sixth grade will be placed in middle school starting in September 2019.

Sixth grade will be placed in middle school starting in September 2019. Highline's middle schools will serve sixth, seventh and eighth 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 sixth grade.

Placing sixth grade in middle school supports our goals for students outlined in the 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 sixth 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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