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

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

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Non-Resident Students

Nonresident Students Are Those Who Do Not Live Within Highline Public Schools (HPS) Boundaries.

The Highline School District considers non-resident enrollment applications as long as the anticipated needs of resident students are met first. The application process takes into consideration space and whether or not the acceptance of the applicant will result in financial hardship on Highline Public Schools resources.

Timelines: July 12 - August 5, 2021-22 school year.

New non-resident application forms and transfer requests will be accepted beginning July 12 - August 5. Forms and requests submitted before July 12 will be held for your convenience and will be considered to have been received on July 12. Forms and requests received after August 5 will automatically be denied for the 2021-22 school year.

*New non-resident students will be accepted into Highline Public Schools Open Door programs, PSHS/PSSC, and CHOICE Academy as capacity allows.

If there are any questions about the enrollment and transfer process for the 2021-2022 school year, please contact Enrollment Manager Micaela White (206-631-3148) or Student Placement Manager Ebony Booker (206-631-3065).

 *New non-resident students previously accepted to Raisbeck Aviation High School for the 2021-2022 school year were exempt from this closure as applicants are guaranteed enrollment into Highline Public Schools via a lottery conducted in March 2021.  Additionally, per RCW 28A.225.225, non-resident students of district employees who request for their student to attend a school within their K-12 continuum assignment will continue to have the right to request consideration for enrollment into Highline Public Schools for the 20-21 school year.  

Non-resident assignments are for one academic year only. Non-resident students must obtain a Choice Transfer Request form from the district of residence each year to apply for non-resident enrollment. Please read below for specific process requirements.

Schools Closed to Non-Resident Students: 

Some schools, grades, or programs, may be closed to nonresident enrollment. Non-residents may only be assigned to schools, grades, or programs that have seats available and are not closed to non-residents. Non-resident requests will not be placed on a waiting list. If you applied to Mount Rainier High School (All Grades); Shorewood Elementary (Grade K); North Hill Elementary (Grade 3), please be aware that these schools/grade levels are closed for the 21-22 SY.


New non-resident students: A new non-resident student is a student that has never attended Highline Public Schools. See section "Requirement for New Students" below for application information.

Non-resident renewal students: A student requesting to attend the same school attended the full school year prior. See section "Requirement for Renewal Students" below for application information.

Non-resident students applying to choice schools: A student that lives outside of the district requesting attendance to a choice school. See the next drop-down menu option for "Application Schools & Alternative Learning Options."

Requirements for New Students:

Non-residents may apply to attend HPS by submitting a Choice Transfer Request (CTR) release through their resident district and all appropriate district forms within the non-resident enrollment timeline. If your student is a brand new student to our district or transitioning to a new school outside of the schools feeder pattern boundaries from the prior 2020-21 school year, HPS requires additional documentation to be presented to the Student Placement Office (SPO), to complete an application for non-resident enrollment. An application is not considered submitted until it is complete and includes all required documentation pieces as outlined in Policy 3141P. Additional documentation will not be accepted after the timeline. If a non-resident application is approved for the academic year, the student’s parent/guardian will be required to complete district enrollment procedures as followed by residents.

The application checklist (lista de verification para el padre/tutor en espanol) outlines all required documentation for an application to be considered complete:

  • Choice Transfer Request (CTR) Form: Completed at the District of Residence. Electronic notification is sent to the HPS Student Placement Office. Select this link for the Choice Transfer Request Portal
  • HPS Non-Resident Application Form (Aplicación de No-residentes de HPS: en espanol): Obtained here on Highline's website or at Highline's central office. If your student is renewing a Choice Transfer Request, this step is not required unless they are transitioning to a new school outside of the schools feeder pattern boundaries.
  • Discipline: Verification that your student had not had any disciplinary issues in the past year. Please provide a report from the current school of attendance. Students currently enrolled in HPS are not required to submit this documentation.
  • Special Education Records and 504 Plan: If applicable, please provide copies of the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and or 504 accommodation plan. Students currently enrolled in HPS are not required to submit this documentation.
  • Application requests based on childcare needs, due to location of employment, or hardship circumstances require additional documentation. For more information on hardship documentation visit our hardship halfsheet (hoja de dificultad en espanol).

Delivery Email Address:

***Due to staff currently working remotely, please email documents***


Requirements for Returning (Renewal) Students:

All renewal applicants requesting attendance to HPS' schools may apply to HPS by submitting a Choice Transfer Request (CTR) within the nonresident enrollment timeline and are not required to submit the nonresident application form.

If a student moves out of the district during the academic year and becomes a non-resident, their assignment is not automatically continued. Nonresident students that wish to be considered for continued enrollment must apply for nonresident enrollment at the time of the move. Hard copy submission of the Choice Transfer Request (CTR) Release to the requested school and or the Student Placement Office (SPO) is encouraged to avoid delaying electronic submission and requires a signature from the resident district. Contact the Student Placement Office at 206-631-3065 for more information.

Requirements for Non-Resident Students Applying Choice Schools: 

Students applying to CHOICE Academy, Big Picture School, Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS); Maritime High School, IB Program at Mount Rainier High School, Open Door Programs, Puget Sound High School & Puget Sound Skills Center, and Alternative Learning Programs: See the next drop-down menu for application schools and alternative learning options.

Important Information: 

If you should receive an approved transfer, the student will not be eligible for Highline Public Schools transportation, except when required under 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

If your non-resident student transfer request is denied, you have the right to appeal that decision. An appeal means you are requesting a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge with the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). 

If you choose to submit an appeal to OAH to request a hearing, complete the Notice of Appeal Form (PDF). Send only the appeal application form and a copy of the denial letter/email to (a brief cover letter is optional):

Student Transfer Appeal

Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH)

600 University Street, Suite 1500

Seattle, WA 98101-3126

Appeals may also be filed via email: The notice of appeal form must be sent by secure email. If you do not have a secure email password, send an email to this address, without the form attached, to request instructions for filing the form by secure email.

Fax: 206-587-5135

Parents should be sure to have their child enrolled in a school while waiting to hear the outcome of their appeal.