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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

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Making An Impact Every Day

Recognizing the trust his students and their families place in him, Tam is deeply committed to his students' success. He cultivates strong relationships with students and families by sharing his education journey and childhood experiences.    

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My Why: Student Potential

Celebrating Highline teachers all month long, Glacier Middle School teacher Edissa Jaramillo empowers students to discover their passions and reach their full potential.

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Mohamed Sibley

Inspiring Confidence and Love for Math

Celebrating Highline teachers all month long. Evergreen High School teacher Mohamad Shibly was driven by a desire to help students overcome their math anxieties and discover the joy of problem-solving.

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Theo White, Transportation 

Theo began his journey as a bus driver in Highline nearly eight years ago. He has driven nearly every route in Highline, interacting with and making an impact on thousands of students.  


Rann Sann

My Highline Story: Rann Sann

As a refugee from Cambodia, Rann began her journey in Highline as a student at Evergreen High School. Fast forward 36 years, Rann is a bilingual paraeducator at Mount View Elementary and supports families and students with the same compassion and zest as she did when she first started. 

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Ari Rodriguez in class

Being a Bilingual Educator

Teacher Ari Rodriguez spent two years working as a bilingual paraeducator in Highline while pursuing her teaching certificate through the Bilingual Teaching Fellows program. As a dual language teacher at White Center Heights Elementary School, Ari has found her home.  

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Teacher Joe Bourgeois works with students in class

Making an Impact

After spending time in the US Army, Joe Bourgeois found himself working as a school resource officer. It was interacting with students that inspired him to become an educator. Now in his 11th year working in Highline, Joe teaches more than math at Sylvester Middle School; he is educating young people to be their best selves. 

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Teacher Joanna Rodriguez works with students

Hands-on Education

Joanna Rodriguez developed a passion for marine biology at a young age. After learning the field has very few people of color she was inspired to work toward making the next generation of marine biologists more diverse. As a founding teacher at Maritime High School, Joanna is delivering on her commitment to give her students equitable access to college opportunities and careers in and around the water.

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Refer a Friend

Do you know someone who would be a great fit for Highline? We encourage you to recommend your friends to join our team.

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Certificated Staff

We believe all students can succeed. Do you? Become a Highline teacher.

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Support Staff

You don't need a teaching certificate to work in Highline. Become a paraeducator.

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Our Promise

Every student in Highline Public Schools is known by name, strength and need, and graduates prepared for the future they choose.

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Our Goals

Culture of Belonging
culture of belonging

A culture where all are welcome, valued, and safe.

Innovative Learning
Innovative Learning

Academic experiences that engage, empower, and challenge every student.

Bilingual & Biliterate
Bilingual & Biliterate

Multicultural skills that enable students to live, work, and communicate across cultures.

Future Ready
Future Ready

Students explore possibilities and develop mindsets that prepare them for a changing future.


at a Glance

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Our students represent many diverse and culturally-rich backgrounds. Our diversity is an asset. Our students learn from one another and graduate prepared to live and work in an increasingly multicultural world.

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Our top 8 languages are:

  1. English
  2. Spanish
  3. Vietnamese
  4. Somali
  5. Amharic
  6. Punjabi
  7. Arabic
  8. Cambodian

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The single most important driver of student achievement is an excellent teacher in the classroom. Highline is in the top 12 out of 295 Washington districts in the number of National Board Certified Teachers.

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Highline has 18 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, and 4 comprehensive high schools serving neighborhoods in Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and White Center. Families may also want to explore our 7 choice schools or multiple alternative education options. 

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Mount Rainier Students at graduation.



Highline's graduation rate has been on a steady rise for the past 7 years. The on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2021 was 83.5%. That's an increase of 21 point rise since 2013.

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