C+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    C-
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Highline School District is a public school district located in Burien, WA. It has 19,288 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 41% of students are at least proficient in math and 43% in reading.
Address
15675 Ambaum Blvd Sw
Burien, WA 98166
Telephone
(206) 631-3070
Website

Highline School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
43%
Percent Proficient - Math
41%
Average Graduation Rate
70%
Average SAT
1110
483 responses
Average ACT
22
92 responses
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Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
19,288
Free or Reduced Lunch
60.3%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
18:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$61,265
Teachers in First/Second Year

Finances

Total Expenses
$231,019,000
Expenses Per Student
$12,817/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    56%
  • Support Services
    39%
  • Other
    5%

Highline School District Reviews

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My Experience in the Highline School district was overall well. Concering academics, teachers always tried their best to give education that was the best for students. In my school, many teachers would go the extra mile and become like a friend to the students. The diversity of this school district is amazing! Recently, elementary schools have started a dual langguage classroom enviroment, allowing students to learn both english and spanish. One improvement could be the fact that the district should let the student's opinion be heard more.
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The recent revisions made in the district are hopeful but hopeless. The lack of consistency is not only clear in the scheduling but in the administration. I will be a senior in the fall, and for the three years I have been at my school, there has been a new principal each year, even the teachers are uncomfortable with this inconsistent leadership. Inadequacy does not only affect the faculty but students as well. Last year, I noticed that a large amount of the students in my class didn't know how to spell or pronounce words that are taught in elementary school. The failings of Highline affect every child and these come from the teachers they hire. Last year I asked my teacher about how he came to teach language arts and he said that he actually got his master's in history, but was also qualified to teach language arts, which Highline hired him to teach. His teaching style and ethics were complacent, and he represents Highline.
Highline school district's administration is severely lacking. Rarely do they listen to the complaints of teachers regarding the best programs for education, and every step they take to remedy that only leads to another problem. In addition the schools have become increasingly more dangerous in the past few years. While Mount Rainier high school offers the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program, the school itself is unable to prepare its students for the tests due to lack of funding.