Highline Public School graduation rate tops 81%


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More Highline Public Schools students are graduating than ever before – 81.1 percent – the district announced on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

The graduation rate for the Class of 2018 is 81.1 percent, up from 78.8 percent in 2017. Highline’s graduation rates have risen for five consecutive years, from 62.3 percent in 2013.

This achievement comes as Highline students are taking and passing more challenging high school coursework. In the 2017-18 school year, the number of students scoring a three or higher on one or more Advanced Placement (AP) exams was up 11.5 percent over the previous year. Students scoring a three or higher on at least one International Baccalaureate (IB) exam increased by nearly 27 percent.

“Everyone in Highline has reason to be proud of our rising graduation rate, as it reflects the exceptional work of our students and staff and the tremendous support of our families and community-based organizations,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “While we still have much work ahead, surpassing the 80 percent mark is a significant milestone and cause for celebration.”

Students of color are making the greatest gains.

Student Group20182017 2013
Students of Black/African American heritage 83%76.3%55%
Students of American Indian heritage88%60%39%
Students enrolled in the English Language Learning program65%59.1%40%

Highline achieved these gains through a number of strategies:

  • Knowing every student by name, strength and need and responding to each individual with appropriate instruction and support
  • Increasing career-connected learning, where students get real-world workplace experiences
  • Utilizing success deans who track individuals and groups of students, using data to analyze and respond to their needs
  • Focusing on standards-based instruction and holding all students to high expectations for mastering state learning standards
  • Focusing on the social and emotional wellbeing of students and teaching students how to manage their feelings and behavior
  • Tracking every student who has withdrawn from school to find out if they are enrolled in another school or program




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