Background & Rationale
With passage of the November 2016 school bond, Highline is constructing a new middle school at the Glacier site in SeaTac and replacing Des Moines Elementary school with a new, larger building at the Zenith site.
Our two new schools will open in fall 2019. This requires a change to school boundaries.
Additional reasons we need to redraw school boundaries and service areas:
- To respond to projected future developments and growth in our district.
- To alleviate current overcrowding in existing schools.
- To reduce class sizes in kindergarten through third-grade.
- To transition sixth grade to middle school, to provide greater learning opportunities for 6th grade students and create space in elementary schools for K-3 class size reduction.
Between June 2017 and May 2018, members of the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC), composed of volunteers representing every part of our community, held 12 committee meetings and 10 community meetings to develop a proposal for boundary changes that serves the needs of the district as a whole.
Approved by the school board on June 27, 2018, the boundary plan will take effect in fall 2019. The plan:
- Keeps elementary cohorts together from kindergarten through high school once new boundaries are in effect.
- With the exception of Hilltop Elementary, all elementary schools will feed into the same high schools as before the boundary change. Hilltop will feed into Highline High School in the new plan.
- The new plan accounts for future growth, responding to projections showing increasing enrollment over the next decade.
- The new schools and the new boundary plan will relieve current overcrowding in elementary schools.