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

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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 winner June 2017

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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We are Hiring

Highline Public Schools is looking for Athletic Coaches to support the educational development of our students.

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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

School Culture
school culture

Our schools are welcoming and safe places where students and staff are respected and supported to succeed

Growth & Mastery
growth & mastery

Students will make a minimum of one year of growth annually, meeting or exceeding standards in all grade levels.

Digital & Media Literacy
digital & media literacy

Students will graduate with the problem solving and critical thinking skills necessary to live and work responsibly in a digital world.

Bilingual & Biliterate
Bilingual & Bilterate

Students will graduate bilingual and biliterate.

High School Graduation
High School Graduation

Students will graduate from high school prepared for the future they choose.

Highline

at a Glance

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17,713

STUDENTS

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17,713

STUDENTS

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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LANGUAGES SPOKEN

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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1,172

CLASSROOM TEACHERS

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1,172

CLASSROOM TEACHERS

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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SCHOOLS

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schools

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 6 choice schools or multiple alternative education options. 

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21 POINTS

RISING GRADUATION RATE

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21 POINT RISE

IN GRADUATION RATE

Highline's graduation rate has been on a steady rise for the past 7 years. The on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2020 was 83.8%. That's an increase of 21 point rise since 2013.

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