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225 South 152nd St
Burien, WA 98148

(206) 631-6700
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February 18, 2015
I'm a student that currently attends HHS and from my experience I absolutely hate it. The teachers lack common sense and mainly focus on students that disrupt the class rather than the ones that ACTUALLY want to learn, let's not forget to mention how they lack explaining lectures and provide little knowledge or support in the curriculum, they basically hand you a book / worksheet and expect you to solve it yourself. I don't feel comfortable in any of my classes since people seemingly talk left and right about drugs, sex, weapon usage, and harass others. The building is just horrible, ceilings have already fallen in multiple classrooms and in the gymnasium, there's this inexpiable foul order that persists in the hallways which I'm surprised they haven't tried to fix that by now, the heating systems in rooms barely work making some rooms unbearably hot and the other rooms cold. The food here isn't that worthy of eating either, but that's just my preference of choice, however the DECA is a nice addition to lunch since they provide better quality food in there. Other than that I will admit that I like the sports program, the coaches are wonderful.

- submitted by a student

November 02, 2014
This school is 73% out of 100% the reason i say this is one the teachers are all great but sometimes they dont know what we dont understand, thats why i had to learn to be more outgoing which also helped me create new friendships. The school is like divide into 3 parts in grades the first is the student who have an average is A and B grade. The second is the B and C. Then last is the D and F grades. The student who try real hard, the students who try hard but not much. Then the ones who dont really care, every school has them, the teachers do try but the students dont listen, so they dont know what to do about, but they try their hardest to make the class more interesting and fun. .But the one thing that is good about highline is that their are lots of people from alll over the world and i mean the world, it is very diverse, so we are really like one big family also the fact that we are very spirited literally. Then we have alot of programs and activities that give students a chance to understand what subject they like/love the best. Then their aretheorograms for extra learning for example running start. That is why i how an a sopmhore

- submitted by a community member

June 22, 2014
This school and its staff need some serious improvement. As a parent of a student, I am very disappointed in the teachers as well as the office staff. Teachers do pick favorites and if your student is not one of them, then they are pretty much left behind and set up for failure. Instead of the teachers being about and for all of their students to succeed, they would rather pick a small handfull to give every opportunity to. Making it very difficult for students to feel their worth and come anywhere near their full potential. Borderline bullies, with authority is a good description of a few teachers. Office staff is very un-organized, and they are not in the least bit consistent. This school has gone down hill in the last few years. What once was a great school, is now a sad excuse for a place your kids go to waste 6+ hours of their day, five days a week. They definately need a complete overhaul on the building and 90% of the staff. I am very dissappointed in how my child was treated while attending, and the education she was "supposed" to receive along with the guidance, encouragement, and life readyness she was also supposed to receive.

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2012
I am a student at this school but perhaps it's a little difficult for me to write a proper review without having seen other high schools. I feel that many of the reviews on here are accurate, both the negative and positive ones. For instance: "[...]As a teacher myself, I am stunned by the lack of guidance by the school district." I feel that this is accurate to some degree. The administrative decisions that happen at highline are sometimes poorly planned or improperly implemented. The bell schedule is inconsistent. The administration is involved in academics, but loosely. They don't have the resources to manage each and every student's progress. They end up having to give overreaching advice and non-specific encouragement at assemblies and extra curricular gatherings. It is often difficult to find someone with spare time discuss things. Academics are rigorous should you chose to apply yourself, and relaxed otherwise. This year AP classes have been promoted quite a bit, and running start is always an option.

- submitted by a student

March 11, 2010
Highline is an okay school. It's not a fantastic school, but it's not terrible either. Don't believe all the reviews on here, there is Bullying. I am a freshman at Highline, and I've already witnessed 4 fistfights. I've been asked if I wanted weed twice, and the windows in all of my classes are broken, scratched up, and have bullet holes in them. The teachers are okay, they're not great. And supplies is bad, everyone has to share books.

- submitted by a student

December 17, 2009
My experience as a former student at this school is extremely negative. I've noticed little teacher involvement with their students academics, lack of organization amongst staff that resulted in unfair disadvantage's to students. and almost excessive student against student criticism. While Highline is an old institution and has proved it's worth in the past, it is time for a serious overhaul. New policies and higher expectations of teachers is necessary.

- submitted by a student

June 11, 2009
Highline is the best school in our whole district! Maybe our test scores our low, but that's because people tend to skip school to hang out with friends instead. But our school spirit is amazing, nobody can deny that Highline students are truly proud and will go all out for your high school, even if we don't have the best athletic record. And there is no bullying; you never hear of any fights or arguments, because everyone is truly accepting of one another; we are one big happy family, and that's great! Personally, I think I made the right choice by going to Highline this year, and I'm proud to say that, yes, I DO bleed purple and gold :) Go Pirates!

- submitted by a student

April 10, 2008
well..I LOVE hhs. its the best high school ever. the campus is great and very well organized. the teachers are fantastic-theyre always there for you wether its school related or not. the students are wonderful-nobody 'bullies' anybody or anything. its like one big happy family =]

- submitted by a student

January 21, 2008
Highline H.S. has exceeded our expectations in providing excellent programs and options for our daughter. It has been very supportive of her academic goals.

- submitted by a parent

November 23, 2007
This school is great. It has the best teachers and I love it! The campus is great and the students are wonderful

- submitted by a student

May 29, 2007
What concerns me about this school is that the teachers seem relatively uninterested in student progress. This could be because pay is low, or due to a lack of leadership, as the principal often sets the tone for the level of faculty/parent interaction. With retirement looming, I sense the principal's foot is off the gas pedal, and children are getting less as a result. I've had kids at three different high schools... unfortunately, of the three, this one seems to have the lowest expectations of both teachers and students. C'mon, Highline...you can do better.

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2007
Some teachers know what they are talking about and others don't.It really depends on the teacher that you get. Sporting activities at the school are great and very competitive. I didn't always feel safe walking through the halls.

- submitted by a student

May 08, 2006
This school does nothing to help the children that need it.

- submitted by a parent

November 11, 2005
I am not impressed with administration. School lacks instruction in Mathematics; not enough educational materials for each classroom. Disorganization for school enrollment; class scheduling. School does not challenge students who may be ahead in one subject but at grade level in another. Setting the students up to fail from the beginning of the 9th grade for the wasl. When I went to school, there were 6 classes a day, not this every other day or three weeks on, three weeks off garbage. Students don't retain the information unless it's daily. As a teacher myself, I am stunned by the lack of guidance by the school district.

- submitted by a teacher

October 11, 2005
In my opinion I think that Highline High School is a great school for student learning. The quality of academin programs are really progressing. I also think that the availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities are also progressing and alot of students are involving in some of these subjects. I belive that more parents should be involved in what there children are doing.

- submitted by a parent

November 19, 2003
Highline is a great school to attend. One of its great perks is that it has a close relationship with the community college which allows kids to go to HCC in their junior year of their high school. The second most wonderful thing about the school is that it is one of very few schools who is on a semister schedule, meaning with four period days, you would complete what is normally a full years math class in just 10 weeks. This allows for a fresh start for students every semister and gives students many more credits than a different institution. Look into it, you will like it.

- submitted by a community member
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August 19, 2003
The teachers at Highline High school are wonderful, most of them will go the extra mile to help their students and also to make learning fun. The downside to Highline, is the Principal, who isn't very involved with her students and doesn't really make an effort to get to know them.

- submitted by a student
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Highline High School
225 South 152nd St, Burien, WA  98148
(206) 631-6700
Last modified Highline High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Highline High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top