Highline Public Schools serves the communities of White Center, Burien, SeaTac, and Des Moines. Highline is home to nearly 19,000 students who speak 95 languages and form a rich cultural and racial diversity that make Highline the incredible district it is. For many years, Highline has been under-serving its students in the arts. In the 6th grade transition, Highline has the opportunity to disrupt a cultural narrative in which access to high-quality arts education is designed for those of economic and racial privilege. Every middle school student in Highline deserves access to band, choir, and strings.
There is district-wide inequity in secondary offerings in Highline Public Schools. Depending on where at student lives, they either have access to robust, comprehensive offerings of arts classes – or they have access to one program. Most high schools reflect the offerings of their “feeder” middle school, so this inequity follows students from 7th grade onward. Highline Public Schools claims Equity as one of the four pillars of its foundation. So far, this has not applied to secondary arts.
If you’re looking to see which School Board District you currently live in, here are the maps from the 2010 census outlining those.
Here’s more info on Highline’s current school board.
Here’s info on Highline’s Superintendent and the current Strategic Plan.