2018-19 Performance Report

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School Information




New Start occupies a building on the Salmon Creek site. The facilities were built in 1955 and 1957.

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Highlights & Plans

Highlights for 2018-19

  • Graduations Are Up – New Start and Learning Center had over 70 students graduate this year. The Class of 2019 proudly boasts the largest graduating class ever.
  • College Admissions and Scholarships – New Start saw an increase in the number of our students going to college and being awarded financial scholarships for post-secondary schools.
  • Seal of Biliteracy and Credits – Each year, including 2019, more and more students are earning credit toward graduation and recognition for language proficiency in their native language.
  • Restorative Practices – Saw success in the first full year our long-term implementation of restorative practices. Staff were trained in the skill of Peacemaking, and students have taken leadership roles in the practices that will profoundly change our campus and community culture.
  • Family Engagement – A comprehensive family engagement plan was carried out this year with family focus days. Personal and positive postcards and phone calls went to each students home. There were three celebratory evening events for families and the year was completed by happy home visits to students’ homes.
  • Integrated Community Garden – More than ever students and classes have been integrating into the local natural resource of our community led garden. The New Start Community Garden continues to be an outdoor source of learning and experience for our students.
  • Attendance Up – With new evidence-based practices in tracking and intervening for attendance, we have seen more students coming to school, more often. This means a higher pass rate and accounts for more graduations.
  • More Field Trips – Field trips and visits to colleges, worksites local businesses and industry have become a regular activity in our culture of hands-on and authentic learning experiences.
  • New Start Sails – The annual Boat trip has returned! This year, through generous grants and donations, nearly 30 New Start students went to sea for three days and two nights aboard the S.S. Adventuress. For many years, this has been a favorite schoolwide expedition for our community building, teamwork experiences and environmental studies.

Plans for 2019-20

  • Learning Center Consolidation – Non-seat-based and blended online learning programming will join New Start as a separate program, within the school. This will allow better consolidation of resources and increase course options for all students.
  • Restorative Practices – Success begets success and we will continue a multi-year implementation of restorative practices to support a campus Culture of restoration.
  • Alternative Learning Experiences (ALE) – With Learning Center consolidation, ALE non-seat-based learning and independent study will return to New Start. These learning experiences, including online, are critical for student flexibility and ensuring our kids stay connected to school when real life doesn’t allow.
  • Family Engagement – Success last year with involving families in their children’s education, has renewed staff spirits to continue in this important work. A similar engagement plan will be developed and carried out, including a first ever Parent Advisory Board.
  • Increased Offerings - Learning Center consolidation will give more students opportunities to earn and recover credits in core areas as the district moves toward a 24 credit graduation requirement. Learning Center students will now be able to regularly take seated classes on the New Start master schedule, and vice-versa.
  • Instruction - Refocusing and establishing our Instructional Leadership Team (IPT) to oversee implementation of Standards Based Instruction.
  • Advisory - Advisory program will experience a refresh in curriculum and focus. This year we are looking forward to planned lessons for Social Emotional Learning, and College and Career exploration.
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) - SEL will continue to be a focus not just in Advisory, but across academic classrooms. Social Emotional Academic Development, SEAD, will be added value to our Standards Based Instruction in core content areas.
  • Student Support - Our multi-tiered systems of supports (MTSS) for students will receive a big boost in all staff intervention for our struggling students. New meeting structures and protocols will help every caring adult swiftly identify and support our students who need it most.
  • Student Voice - Critical to our motto of “Student Driven Learning”, voice and leadership continues to define our school community. We are looking forward to involving parents this year to advocate for their children, and help us move our school improvement efforts forward.

Invitation to Participate

At Highline Public Schools, one of our four pillars in the district's strategic plan is parent and family engagement. In order to reach our strategic plan goals we will form partnerships with parents and families. Families and community members are encouraged to participate in school activities and in educating students in school, at home and in the community.

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Source: Actual 2018-19 expenditures as of August 2019.