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Highline Public Schools
Burien, Washington
Highline Public Schools Logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Susan Enfield
Graduation rate:65.8%
Number of schools:36
Budget: $322.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Bernie Dorsey
Board members:5
Term length:4
Highline Public Schools is a school district in Washington that served 18,893 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] This district is the 14th-largest by enrollment in the state of Washington.

About the district

Highline Public Schools is located in King County, Washington
Highline Public Schools is a school district in King County, Washington with administrative offices in Burien. The district serves students throughout southwestern King County including Burien, Normandy Park and SeaTac.[2] The population of Burien was 33,313 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


Burien lagged behind the rest of Washington in median income according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The U.S. Census found the median income in Burien was $51,858 while the state median income was $58,890. The city's poverty rate was 14.5% compared to the state's 12.5% poverty rate in 2010. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (26.5%) was lower than the state average (31.4%).[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Burien (%) Washington (%)
White 63.5 77.3
Black or African American 5.9 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.5 1.5
Asian 9.9 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 1.8 0.6
Two or More Races 5.9 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 20.7 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 68.7 28.3
2008 70.0 28.0
2004 65.0 33.7
2000 60.0 34.4

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The current Superintendent of Highline Public Schools is Dr. Susan Enfield. She has served in the position since her appointment in July 2012. Enfield previously served as Chief Academic Officer with Seattle Public Schools.[7] She has a three-year contract with an annual salary of $220,000.[8]

School board

The Highline Public Schools Board of Directors consists of five members elected in geographic districts to four-year terms. Each member can be compensated $50 per day for district matters with maximum compensation of $4,800 per year.[9]

Highline Public Schools Board of Directors
Member District Assumed Office Term Ends
Tyrone Curry, Sr. 1 2011 2015
Angelica M. Alvarez 2 2009 2017
Susan Goding 3 2005 2017
Bernie Dorsey 4 2007 2015
Michael D. Spear 5 2007 2015

School board elections

See also: Highline Public Schools elections (2015)

Members of the Board of Directors are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats on the board were up for election on November 5, 2013, and three seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Highline Public Schools Board of Directors maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:[10]

The Board of Directors of Highline Public Schools welcomes the public to the business meetings of the Board and dedicates time at these meetings to hear from the public on agenda items and other issues of concern.

It is important for all community members to feel welcome and safe in the Board's business meetings. Audience members will be expected to treat all attendees with respect and civility, just as Highline Public Schools expects of students in our schools.

General Rules
Each speaker will have up to five minutes to speak at a regular Board meeting. Speakers addressing agenda items will have preference if the list is full. For special Board meetings, public testimony will only be taken on the scheduled agenda item(s).

In order to provide opportunities to address the Board, speakers are allowed only one 5-minute time per meeting.

If you want to give your time to someone else, you must attend the Board meeting and announce this to the Board when it is your turn to speak. The person to whom you cede your time will receive the remainder of your 4 minutes and should speak to the same topic.

If you have handouts to give to the board, please bring 7 copies and give them to the Board staff ahead of the meeting. No one should approach the dais with handouts.

The Board does not take public comments on issues related to personnel or individually named staff at Board meetings; speakers will be ruled out of order by the president. The president will also rule a speaker out of order for the use of name-calling, profanity, racial slurs or threats. Persons who attempts to disrupt the meeting will be asked to leave.

General Rules

  • One person is to speak at a time.
  • Comments should be addressed to the Board.
  • Please adhere to the time limit on testimony.
  • The focus of comments should be on issues and solutions.
  • No racial slurs, personal insults, ridicule, or threats will be allowed.
  • All signs brought to meetings are subject to these ground rules.

How to Sign Up for Public Testimony
The order of public testimony will be determined as follows: agenda action items, agenda introduction items, and then items of general interest. The order of agenda items will be alternated between those speaking in favor of a topic and those against the same topic, if possible.

The Board agenda is posted by close of business the Friday before Board meetings. The School Board Office will take sign-ups for the public testimony list starting at 8:00am on the Monday before regular Board meetings and continue until 12:00pm day of the meeting.

To sign up for public testimony, members of the public should call 206-631-3001 and must give their legal name, telephone number, address and the topic they would like to address. (Since Highline Public Schools is a public agency, this information will fall into the public domain) If complete information is not provided, you will not be included on the list. Please note, only the person who will be providing testimony may request the spot.[11]


The table below displays the budget for Highline Public Schools:[12]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2012-2013 $157,469,492 59.4% $1,951,170 0.7% $80,190,932 30.2% $22,027,275 8.3% $3,680,045 1.4% $265,318,914
2013-2014 $162,597,394 62.4% $1,871,549 0.7% $72,034,102 27.6% $23,174,554 8.9% $1,041,890 0.4% $260,719,489
2014-2015 $155,241,957 48.1% $1,615,502 0.5% $142,529,871 44.2% $22,075,530 6.8% $1,083,674 0.3% $322,546,534
Averages: $158,436,281 56% $1,812,740.33 1% $98,251,635 35% $22,425,786.33 8% $1,935,203 1% $282,861,645.67

Teacher salaries

Highline Public Schools employed 1,041 K-12 teachers during the 2013-2014 school year. Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a Bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses with raises at 15-credit intervals up to 135 quarter credits. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Highline Education Association for 2013-2014:[13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 34,048 45,381
B.A. 15 34,968 48,128
B.A. 30 35,920 51,053
B.A. 45 36,875 56,451
B.A. 90 39,939 67,501
B.A. 135 41,913 70,826
MA 40,820 67,545
MA 45 43,885 71,893
MA 90/Ph.D. 45,860 75,084


Teachers in Highline Public Schools are represented in contract negotiations by the Highline Education Association (HEA). The current President of HEA is Sue McCabe.[14]

Schools in Highline Public Schools


The district served 18,893 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 5.9% increase in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009 17,932 -
2010 18,020 0.4
2011 18,195 0.9
2012 18,507 1.7
2013 18,893 2.0

District schools

Highline Public Schools operates 36 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[15]

Highline Public Schools
Academy of Citizenship & Empowerment
Arts & Academics Academy
Beverly Park Elementary School
Big Picture School
Bow Lake Elementary School
Cascade Middle School
Cedarhurst Elementary School
Chinook Middle School
CHOICE Academy
Des Moines Elementary School
Global Connections High School
Gregory Heights Elementary School
Hazel Valley Elementary School
Health Sciences & Human Services High School
Highline High School
Hilltop Elementary School
Madrona Elementary School
Marvista Elementary School
McMicken Heights Elementary School
Midway Elementary School
Mount Rainier High School
Mount View Elementary School
New Start High School
North Hill Elementary School
Odyssey High School
Pacific Middle School
Parkside Elementary School
Puget Sound Skills Center
Raisbeck Aviation High School
Seahurst Elementary School
Shorewood Elementary School
Southern Heights Elementary School
Sylvester Middle School
Technology, Engineering & Communications High School
Waskowitz Outdoor School & Waskowitz Environmental Leadership School
White Center Height Elementary School

Academic performance

The Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction published a state report card for 2012-2013 assessing subject proficiency levels and year-to-year progress for each district. This report card relies on data from the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) and High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) to determine if each district meets Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) goals in reading and math. The goal for each district was to meet proficiency goals at all grade levels and student demographics by the 2013-2014 school year.

Highline Public Schools met the state goal of 95% participation across all grade levels. The district did not meet AYP goals for reading at the elementary or middle school levels. The report card also concluded that the district did not meet AYP goals for math at the high school level.[16]

MSP/HSPE Proficiency

Student Proficiency Levels, 2012-2013
Grade Reading (%) Math (%)
3 58.1 54.8
4 58.0 58.2
5 61.9 58.2
6 61.8 61.8
7 58.1 57.1
8 58.4 47.0
10 76.5 -

Adequate Yearly Progress

AYP Achievement, 2012-2013
Grade Meet Reading AYP? Meet Math AYP?
Elementary School No Yes
Middle School No Yes
High School Yes No

Contact information

Highline Public Schools Logo.png
Highline Public Schools
Board of Directors
15765 Ambaum Blvd. SW
Burien, WA 98166
Phone: (206) 631-3001

See also

External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Student Enrollment Cohort Projections, 2013" accessed January 6, 2014
  2. Highline Public Schools, "District Information," accessed October 2, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Burien," accessed October 24, 2013
  4. King County Elections, "Election Archive," accessed August 1, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
  7. Highline Public Schools, "Dr. Susan Enfield, Superintendent," accessed January 6, 2014
  8. Highline Times, "Enfield to make $220,000 per year as Highline superintendent," March 15, 2012
  9. Highline Public Schools, "Board Member Compensation," October 1987 (dead link)
  10. Highline Public Schools, "Rules for Public Testimony," accessed January 6, 2014 (dead link)
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. Highline Public Schools, "Budget," accessed December 15, 2014
  13. Highline Public Schools, "2013-2014 Certificated Salary Schedule," September 11, 2013
  14. Highline Education Association, "2013-2014 Executive Board Roster," accessed January 7, 2014
  15. Highline Public Schools, "Overview of Schools," accessed January 6, 2014
  16. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, "Washington State Report Card," accessed January 6, 2014