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

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

Visual & Performing Arts

Students in band class at Cascade Middle School.

The Visual and Performing Arts Department provides support for school programming in dance, music, theatre and visual & media arts.

Highline students have a wide variety of arts experiences available through their schools. As a core subject area, Highline has made a commitment to the arts through the Board Policy on Arts Education.

“The Board believes that through arts education, students learn to develop creativity, discipline, perception, perseverance, self-expression, and critical thinking. These capacities are fundamental in preparing students for college, career, and citizenship. The Board further believes that a comprehensive arts education program promotes and strengthens our cultural diversity."

Highline Board Arts Policy 2160

Arts Program Goals

  • Music and artistic literacy
  • Fine arts competency and achievement
  • Access to courses at basic and advanced levels
  • Cultural connections
  • Self-esteem and self-expression
  • Artistic expression and creativity
  • Life-long arts appreciation

Benefits of Arts Education

  • Higher academic achievement
  • Cultural relationships
  • Respect for self, family, school and community
  • Strong school and parent partnerships
  • Leadership and self-confidence
  • Collaboration and communication
  • Expanded career opportunities
  • Skills for a global economy

Parent & Community Involvement

Highline encourages families to support their children’s development in music and the arts. Families and community members can:

  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Help students learn music at home
  • Encourage exploring and creating visual and media art at home
  • Attend school performances and arts events
  • Support arts programs through your Parent/Teacher organization
  • Share expertise and knowledge of music and arts from your own culture or country of origin

To find out more about arts programming at a particular school, please contact the school directly.