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

Office Hours:

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

International Baccalaureate Programme

Mission Statement

International Baccalaureate (IB) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Our IB program is located at Mount Rainier High School. 

IB History in Highline

  • Mount Rainier High School has offered the IB Diploma Programme since 1987. 
  • Mount Rainier High School has offered the IB Middle Years Programme since 2017.

Visit IB website for more information.


IB transfer requests are now closed.

Requests are accepted during the month of January. Please check back on our website in January 2019 to apply for IB for the 2019-2020 school year.  // Las solicitudes de transferencia de IB ahora están cerradas. Las solicitudes se aceptan durante el mes de enero. Vuelva a visitar nuestro sitio web en enero de 2019 para solicitar el IB para el año lectivo 2019-2020.

Students living in the Evergreen, Highline and Tyee service areas should use the IB transfer form to apply for the IB program.

Submit completed application to Student Placement Office for processing. You may return the completed form by fax to 206-631-3383, scan and email to Student Placement, or drop it off at the Central Office.

For the International Baccalaureate program at Mount Rainier High School, up to 15 seats per graduating year will be reserved for each of the high school service areas (Highline, Tyee and Evergreen). Transfers are accepted January 2 to January 31. Students may request a transfer for their freshman year. They must agree to a four-year academic commitment created with school staff and must take a minimum of four IB courses per year starting in their junior year to be considered for transfer eligibility. If more than 15 students request a transfer from each service area, a lottery system will be implemented prior to March 1.

Learner Profile

The IB learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. They imply a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others and the world around them. Each of the IB's programmes is committed to the development of students according to the IB learner profile.

The profile aims to develop learners who are:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective 

Learn more about the IB learner profile through this video.