Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Middle School Transition Early Transfer Process

To prepare for the 2019 opening of Glacier Middle School and the transition of sixth grade to middle school, HEA and HPS have agreed upon an early transfer opportunity for staff at any level who would like to transfer to or between middle schools. 

Below you will find a timeline of the steps interested staff must take in order to be considered for an early transfer to middle school, as well as information about each of our middle schools.

MS Early Transfer Application link

Any HEA member interested in transferring to or between one or more middle schools may complete an electronic transfer request. Transfer requests must be submitted by December 15.

Meet Our Middle School Leaders

Want to learn more about each middle school and principal? Learn about our five comprehensive middle schools in this video. Or, use the navigation on the top left of the video to select a specific school to learn more about.

Comprehensive Middle Schools

Cascade Middle School


11212 10th Ave. SW Seattle 98146


Daniel Calderon


Chinook Middle School


18650 42nd Ave. S, SeaTac 98188


Karin Jones


Glacier Middle School


2450 South 142nd St., SeaTac, WA 98166


Vicki Fisher


Pacific Middle School


22705 24th Pl. S, Des Moines 98198


Vanessa Banner


Sylvester Middle School


16222 Sylvester Rd. SW, Burien 98166


Gil Parsons


Choice Middle Schools

Big Picture Middle School


440 South 186th Street Burien, WA 98148


Lisa Escobar


CHOICE Academy


18367 8th Avenue South, Burien, WA 98148


Michael Sita


Q&A for Teachers

Two meetings were held in spring 2018 by district staff and Highline Education Association (HEA) staff to provide information for elementary teachers interested in teaching 6th grade in middle school starting in fall 2019.

Who is eligible to teach 6th grade in middle school and how do I become endorsed?

Specific Content Area Endorsement

If you are endorsed in a specific content area, you are eligible to teach at the secondary level, but only in that subject area.

Elementary Education Primary Endorsement

If you are endorsed in Elementary Education Primary, you are not eligible to teach at the secondary level. 

Elementary Education Endorsement is eligible to teach: 

  • Language Arts K-8
  • Reading K-8
  • Science K-8
  • Social Studies K-8
  • Dance 1-8
  • Drama 1-8
  • Drama K-8
  • Music K-8
  • Art K-8
  • Math K-8 (not eligible for high school credit)

Elementary Education Endorsement is NOT eligible to teach: 

  • Math eligible for high school credit (example: Algebra, Geometry and above)
  • Health/P.E. (test only)
  • Library (program + test)

Adding the Endorsement 

  • Math (test only)
  • Health/P.E. (test only)
  • Library/Media (program + test)

Testing and Endorsement Resources 

Will middle schools receive additional resources to serve the additional students?

Basic education funding follows the student, so schools will receive the per/student allocation for all 6th-grade students.

Who can teachers contact with questions about eligibility and certification?

Human Resources Contacts

Certification Contact

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

If I'm interested, will there be an opportunity to visit a middle school?

Diana GarciaDirector of Educational Specifications & Transition Planning

Will I be considered for all MSs or only the ones that I marked on the early transfer process google form?

You will only be considered for the MSs that you marked on your transfer application. 

If you would like to be considered for more MSs, please submit another application before December 15th. 

Here is the MS Early Transfer Application link

Do I need to start/complete an application in HRM+ in order to participate in the early transfer process?

No, but it would be a great way to market yourself to building leaders to have an updated cover letter and resume to share. Here is the link to HRM+

Here is the MS Early Transfer Application link


Will 6th grade teachers be going to Camp Waskowitz?

Yes, you will get to experience this with the incoming 6th graders! 

Transfer Process Calendar


October 15 - MS Early Transfer Application Opens - Staff receive electronic invitation to apply for MS transfer.

MS Early Transfer Application link

Any HEA member interested in transferring to or between one or more middle schools may complete an electronic transfer request. Transfer requests must be submitted by December 15.


December 15 - MS Early Transfer Application Closes


February 15 - MS Early Transfer Window Closes

Any HEA members who applied are eligible for early MS transfer through February 15. Transfers are complete if both building administrator and HEA member agree to transfer, prior to February 15.


Spring Staffing Process In Progress

HR collaborates with building and HEA leadership to identify and notify excess staff of displacement status.  Information collected from displaced staff regarding placement preferences.


HR collaborates with building leadership to place displaced staff. 


May 1 - Spring Transfer Application Opens

HEA members who have not received an early MS transfer for 2019-20 or a transfer for 2018-19 may complete an electronic transfer request. Transfer requests must be submitted by June 30.