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

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


Press Release: Application Window Now Open for Schools of Choice

Press Release: Application Window Now Open for Schools of Choice

The application window for Highline Public Schools’ secondary schools of choice is January 1 to January 31, 2020. Students and families are encouraged to find the best fit.

Secondary schools of choice include Big Picture, CHOICE Academy, Raisbeck Aviation High School and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Mount Rainier High School.

Space is limited. A lottery process is used when applications exceed capacity. The lottery will take place on March 2. Families will be notified via SchoolMint on March 2 whether students are accepted or placed on a waitlist. Full lottery results, including waitlist order will be posted as a news story on the district and choice school websites on March 3 by end of day.  

Students and families apply online at SchoolMint for schools of choice.

Secondary options include:

Neighborhood Schools - All neighborhood schools offer a variety of challenging coursework, taught by highly-skilled teachers, with electives to enhance the learning experience. Get to know your neighborhood school—explore its website and all it has to offer.

International Baccalaureate (IB) - Serving grades 9-12 — IB application required
An internationally-recognized, college-prep program emphasizing the development of independent learners, critical thinkers, and strong writers with a global perspective. This program is located at Mount Rainier High School.
Information Night: January 9, 2020 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | 22450 19th Avenue South, Des Moines

CHOICE Academy - Serving grades 6-12 — application required
CHOICE Academy provides a small, welcoming learning environment, with rigorous and relevant curriculum in a family-style school setting. The school offers flexibility, with traditional instruction in the morning and opportunities for on-site or independently-developed electives.
Information Night: January 23, 2020 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. | 18367 8th Avenue South, Burien

Big Picture Middle and High School - Serving grades 6-12 — application required
Big Picture is focused on relationships, relevance and rigor. The educational program includes real-world learning, internships, individualized learning plans, a small-school setting with low staff-to-student ratios, and a breakthrough college-transition program.
Information Nights: January 15 and January 22, 2020 | 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. | 440 South 186th Street, Burien
School Tours: January 17 and January 24, 2020 | 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. | 440 South 186th Street, Burien

Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS) - Serving grades 9-12 — application required
RAHS offers a specialized curriculum focused on aviation- and aerospace-related topics. Students who are motivated to pursue a science, technology, engineering or math education and career pathway related to aviation, aerospace and space exploration are ideal candidates.
Information Night: January 9, 2020 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | 9229 East Marginal Way S, Tukwila