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

Office Hours:

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

Non-resident Students

Non-Resident 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 8 - August 2, 2019, 2019-20 school year.

No longer accepting applications.

Timelines: July 13 - August 3, 2020, 2020-21 school year.

Non-resident applications  submitted prior to July 13 will be held for your convenience and considered to have been received on July 13. Applications submitted after August 3, will automatically be denied for the 2020-21 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 non-resident enrollment. Non-residents may only be assigned to schools, grades or programs that have seats available and that are not closed to non-residents. Non-resident requests will not be placed on a waiting list. Preschool programs are not open to non-resident students. Non-resident enrollment school closures will be posted online a week prior to the non-resident transfer application window.

The closed schools for the current 19 - 20 school year are shown below:

*All schools are closed, as of the non-resident application date deadline of August 2, 2019, for the 2019-2020 school year, except for open enrollment schools.


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 with 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 from the prior 2019-20 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 pieces of documentation 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and or 504 accommodation plan. Students currently enrolled in HPS are not required to submit this documentation.
  • Applications requesting continued enrollment, 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 Address: 

Family Center
15675 Ambaum Boulevard SW
Burien, WA 98166


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 non-resident enrollment timeline, and are not required to submit the non-resident 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. Non-resident students that wish to be considered for continued enrollment must apply for non-resident 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 delay of electronic submission and requires a signature from 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), New Start 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 the non-resident application is denied, the parent/guardian may appeal to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia. For more information regarding the appeal process please visit the OSPI website.

Administrative Resource Services - Transfer Appeal

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

PO Box 47200

Olympia, WA 98504-7200

Appeals may also be filed via email:

For appeal questions please call: 360-725-6266


Micaela White

Enrollment Services Manager

Ebony Booker

Student Placement Services Manager

Amin Shifow

Enrollment Support Specialist

Family Center