Southern Heights Elementary School
11249 14th Avenue South Burien, WA 98168

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Recommendation to Close Southern Heights Elementary

The school board is slated to consider closing Southern Heights Elementary at the end of this school year due to low enrollment. 

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Why Southern Heights Will Close

School district leaders have made the difficult decision to begin the process of closing Southern Heights Elementary. While we have reason to be sad about this decision, Principal Smith shares why. 

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Welcome to Southern Heights Elementary

Southern Heights students in class.
Southern Heights students in class.
Southern Heights students in class.
Southern Heights students in class.
Southern Heights students in class.
Southern Heights students in class.

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All schools have been directed to keep their front doors locked during the school day, starting Tuesday, May 31.

Southern Heights Shines in Farewell Celebration

Former students, teachers and principals gathered to connect and reminisce in the sunshine before the school closes it doors at the end of this school year. Enjoy this album of photos.

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Time to start planning! Here is a look at the tentative 2022-23 school calendar. The calendar will be final after Highline Education Association (HEA) members vote on it in August. At this time, the first day of preschool is to be determined.

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Help us ELEVATE at our 2022 Equity Symposium on August 23. Share your Highline story or equity work by speaking in our opening session or presenting at a breakout session. Students, families, and community presenters will receive a $100 honorarium. Sessions will be held virtually. 

Students in music class at Madrona Elementary School.

Highline Public Schools plans to adopt new curriculum for music--and we want your input! We invite families and staff to a community review of the curriculum under consideration for adoption for elementary music in grades K-5.

Welcome to Kindergarten Virtual Event

Calling Future Kindergarteners! Get information and resources for the coming school year at a districtwide, “Welcome to Kindergarten” Zoom event on May 19 at 6:00 p.m.


Is your child up-to-date on their childhood immunizations? We are partnering with Stepping Stone Pediatrics to host two immunization clinics for students on May 21 and June 10. 

Our Mission

At Southern Heights we: Inspire, Empower, Succeed.

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