• We are grateful to Highline voters for passing the first bond in ten years. This bond will give students room to learn in our growing district. We will have the classroom space we need to lower elementary class sizes, and students will be safer in every school in the district. We are committed to responsible bond spending. We will continue our track record completing every project on time and on budget.

Highline High School
New Elementary at Zenith
New Middle School at Glacier
Olympic Interim School  


  • Help Plan Future School Bonds and Boundary Changes

    Highline Public Schools is looking for community members to help complete the district’s long-range facilities plan and assist with planning boundary adjustments. If that sounds like you, submit your name for the Highline Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC). New members of CFAC will be selected by lottery on June 7. Enter by June 6.

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  • Community Meetings Begin—June 6 & 8

    It's time for community meetings to share progress on the early design work for the future middle school at the Glacier site and the future elementary school at the Zenith site. Find out more.

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  • The Long Goodbye to Glacier

    Building a new middle school at the Glacier site means saying goodbye to the structure that housed Glacier High School from 1960-1980. Find out about the June 17 all-school reunion and a walk-through of the site. Or share a memory.

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  • Design Review Committees Start Work

    In late April or early May, three design review committees began to provide feedback and review the work of the project architects. Each committee will also host periodic community meetings to invite input and answer questions. See list of committee members.

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  • Elementary School Design Review Team Kicks Off

    New Elementary at Zenith | Update | April 24, 2017
    A committee of parents, neighbors and staff is charged with the task of design review. Meetings begin in May to review and select a potential conceptual design. They will host a community meeting this summer to invite your input.

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  • City to Review Updated Plans for Interim School

    Olympic Interim School | Update | April 24, 2017
    We are working with the City of Des Moines to update our request to improve the Olympic site as an interim school for Highline High School. Materials stored at Olympic will be moved by the end of July.

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  • Staff, Community, Students and Architects Team Up

    Highline High School | Update | April 24, 2017
    Rebuilding a historic high school requires sophisticated teamwork and collaboration on many levels. Coming this summer will be a community meeting to give input and view conceptual designs.

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  • Community Invited June 6 to Presentation of Schematic Design

    New Middle School at Glacier | Update | April 24, 2017
    Thanks to a jumpstart from 2014 planning work, Integrus Architecture will be ready to share a schematic design at a June 6 community meeting.

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  • Seeking General Contractor/Construction Manager

    Highline High School | April 26, 2017
    The next step is to hire a General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) for rebuilding Highline High School. Highline Public Schools issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on April 26. The submittal deadline is May 25 at 3 p.m. Here is the link to the RFQ document and advertisements.

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  • School Board to Request State Matching Dollars for HHS

    Highline High School | April 24, 2017
    If you heard a rumor that the school board is going to pass a resolution to tear down the Highline High School façade, that is not true. Get the facts. Read the proposed resolution required for state matching funds and more information here.

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  • Progress Reports Begin on 4 Major Projects

    March 23, 2017
    Check out the first project updates posted for each of the four major bond projects. We will post monthly status reports and send an e-newsletter documenting our progress. Read the highlights here.

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  • HHS Plans for a New Future

    Highline High School | Update | March 23, 2017
    Bassetti Architects met with staff from Highline High School to begin preparing the educational specifications of the new school building. As part of this effort, Frank Locker of Frank Locker Educational Planning conducted a two-day visioning workshop with staff, students, community members, and architects.

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  • Getting Olympic Ready for HHS Students

    Olympic Interim School | Update | March 23, 2017
    The project team is assessing the current conditions of the Olympic buildings and site. They scheduled a conference with the City of Des Moines to discuss the status of proposed improvements to make it suitable for housing students from Highline High School from September 2018 through June 2021.

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  • Des Moines Staff Starts Work on School Specs

    New Elementary at Zenith | Update | March 23, 2017
    Hutteball & Oremus Architecture representatives met with a group of staff from Des Moines Elementary to begin preparing the educational specifications for the new school. The group also toured four other elementary schools in the district. See site map and construction timeline.

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  • Planning Begins for New Middle School at Glacier

    New Middle School at Glacier | Update | March 23, 2017
    The architects, the project team, and district staff are conducting meetings to finalize the educational specifications for the new middle school at the Glacier site. A cost model is being completed, and a construction timeline has been released.

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