Highline Public Schools

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Boulevard SW

Burien, Des Moines, SeaTac, and areas of unincorporated King County in Washington
United States
District information
Type Public
Motto Educate Every Student and Expect Excellence
Grades K through 12
Established 1924
Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield
District ID 5303540
Students and staff
Students 17,563 (2009-2010)
Teachers 959 (2009-2010)
Student-teacher ratio 18.31:1
Other information
Website www.highlineschools.org
Location of the HSD 401 territory within Washington
Location of Washington within the United States

Highline Public Schools is a public school system in the State of Washington, headquartered in Burien.[1] As of October 2007, it serves 17,331 students and has 997 teachers. Highline serves the cities of Burien, Des Moines, and SeaTac as well as areas of unincorporated King County such as White Center and Boulevard Park.


Highline consists of four main "service areas", Evergreen, Highline, Mount Rainier, and Tyee, which once represented the district's four high schools. Students in the Highline and Mount Rainier service areas generally attend the area's high school; students in the Evergreen and Tyee service areas attend one of the service area's three small schools. Each service area also contains one middle school which acts as a feeder to the area's high school(s). The four service areas are further divided into separate areas corresponding to the district's elementary schools, which also act as feeders to the area's middle school.

The district's current superintendent is Susan Enfield. The school board consists of five members: Bernie Dorsey (Board President), Michael D. Spear (Vice President), Joe Van, Angelica Alvarez and Tyrone Curry Sr.


The district's first school, Highline High School, opened in 1924. Evergreen High School, Glacier High School, Mount Rainier High School, and Tyee High School were added at later times to compensate for the district's growing population.

During the 1970s, enrollment in the district declined due to the impacts of the Boeing Bust, The Port of Seattle acquiring neighborhoods due to increases in jet noise from Sea-Tac Airport, and levy failures. Between 1975 and 1980, one high school, 5 junior high schools, and 14 elementary schools were closed. In 1980, the remaining junior high schools were converted into middle schools.

In the mid-2000s, Highline commenced a major effort to reverse its schools' declining performance. The most significant aspect of this effort was the conversion of Evergreen and Tyee into three small schools each. Highline and Mount Rainier underwent similar programs, however each remains a single comprehensive high school. In the same time frame, Aviation High School and Highline Big Picture, two specialized schools, opened.


High schools[edit]



Middle schools[edit]

  • Cascade Middle School (White Center)
  • Chinook Middle School (SeaTac)
  • Glendale Junior High 1201 S 104th St, Seattle, WA 98168 (defunct 1963-1978)
  • Olympic Junior High 615 S 200th St, Des Moines, WA 98198 (defunct 1955-1979)
  • Pacific Middle School (Des Moines)
  • Puget Sound Junior High 135 SW 126th St., Seattle, WA 98146 (defunct 1949-1981)
  • Seahurst Junior High 14603 14th Ave SW, Burien, WA 98166 (defunct 1960-1976)
  • Sunset Junior High 1809 S 140th St, Seattle, WA 98168 (defunct 1957-1975)
  • Sylvester Middle School (Burien)

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Angle Lake Elementary 19215 - 28th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98188 (defunct 1928-1975)
  • Beverly Park Elementary 11427 - 3rd Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98168 (defunct 1950-1992)
  • Beverly Park at Glendale Elementary School (1992- )
  • Boulevard Park Elementary 12833 20th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98166 (defunct 1937-1980)
  • Bow Lake Elementary School (SeaTac)
  • Burien Heights Elementary, 1210 SW 136th St., Burien, WA 98146 (defunct 1955-1975)
  • Cedarhurst Elementary School (Burien)
  • Chelsea Park Elementary 425 SW 144th St., Burien, WA 98166 (defunct 1948-1976)
  • Crestview Elementary 16200 42nd Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98188 (defunct 1958-1976)
  • Des Moines Elementary School (Des Moines)
  • Gregory Heights Elementary (Burien)
  • Hazel Valley Elementary (Burien)
  • Hilltop Elementary School (Unincorporated area)
  • Lake Burien Elementary 14660 18th Ave. SW, Burien, WA 98166 (defunct 1926-1976)
  • Lakeview Elementary 15820 6th Ave. SW, Burien, WA 98166 (defunct 1955-1975)
  • Madrona Elementary School (SeaTac)
  • Manhattan Elementary 440 S. 186th St, Seattle, WA 98148 (defunct 1960-1979)
  • Marvista Elementary School (Normandy Park)
  • Maywood Elementary School 1410 S. 200th St, Seattle, WA 98198 (defunct 1958-1975)
  • McMicken Heights Elementary School (SeaTac)
  • Midway Elementary School (Des Moines)
  • Mount View Elementary School (White Center)
  • Normandy Park Elementary 801 SW 174th St, Normandy Park, WA 98166 (defunct 1954-1981)
  • North Hill Elementary School (Des Moines)
  • Olympic Elementary @ Olympic 615 S 200th St., Des Moines, WA 98198 (defunct 1979-2005)
  • Parkside Elementary School (Des Moines)
  • Riverton Heights Elementary 3011 S. 148th St, Seattle, WA 98168 (defunct 1953-1998)
  • Salmon Creek Elementary 614 SW 120th St, Seattle, WA 98146 (defunct 1958-2005)
  • Seahurst Elementary School - Burien, WA (1976-1991) (1992- )
  • Shorewood Elementary School (Burien)
  • Southern Heights Elementary School (Unincorporated area)
  • Sunnydale Elementary 15631 8th Ave S, Burien, WA (defunct 1904-1938; 1939-1981; 1989-2005)
  • Sunny Terrace Elementary 1010 S 146th St, Burien, WA 98168 (defunct 1960-1976)
  • White Center Heights Elementary School (White Center)
  • Valley View Elementary 17622 46th Ave S., SeaTac, WA 98188 (defunct 1969-2007)

Other facilities[edit]

  • Occupational Skills Center (OSC) 1968-2007: 18010 8th Ave S., Burien 98148 [2]
  • Puget Sound Skills Center (PSSC) 2007-Present: 18010 8th Ave. S., Burien 98148 [3]
  • Woodside School 1958-1988 (defunct): 18367 8th Ave. S., Burien 98148


  1. ^ Home. Highline Public Schools. Retrieved on April 8, 2011. "Highline Public Schools 15675 Ambaum Blvd. S.W. Burien, WA 98166"
  2. ^ https://www.highlineschools.org/pssc
  3. ^ https://www.highlineschools.org/pssc

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