New Start High School
614 SW 120th Street Burien, WA 98146

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

New Start High School
614 SW 120th Street Burien, WA 98146

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Program Model

Innovation Heights Academy strives to be a flexible learning option for students. We are a half day program, where students can engage in experiential learning, practice habits of life balance, and accelerate their progress toward graduation.

Schedule: To provide flexibility for our students, Innovation Heights Academy operates on a half day model. Students come to school Monday through Thursday for either the morning (8:30-11:30am) or afternoon session (12:00-3:00pm).

Accelerated Credit Earning: Students have the opportunity to progress toward graduation faster. Students can earn up to 9 credits in a year, as compared to 6 credits in a year in a traditional model.

Classes: Instruction at Innovation Heights Academy will be two hours each day. Students will engage in project-based learning through cross-curricular learning blocks. Learning will focus on developing real-world skills which will be related to students’ individual goals.

Wellness Block: In order to ensure that we are preparing students to be successful in life beyond high school, we want to allow space for students to learn about life balance and wellness. Students will spend one hour a day focusing on physical, mental, and social wellness.

Re-engagement Fridays: Fridays are required for students who are struggling with attendance, behavior, or grades each week. Weekly, students will meet with their advisor to discuss their progress toward their goals and determine if they need assistance re-engaging in their work. If students are making adequate progress on their goals, students can still come on Friday for access to clubs, community partners, and other connections.

Program Description


New Start will ensure that students engage in self-discovery, practice the habits of life balance, and accelerate progress towards their individual goals. Students will leave New Start as strong communicators, continually curious, and contributing community members prepared to engage in their next academic program.


New Start will engage students in meaningful and innovative learning experiences to build real-world skills to meet their individual goals. Coursework will be standards-based and students will earn accelerated credit towards high school graduation. 

New Start will prioritize habits of life balance throughout the school day so students can cultivate their social, physical, and mental wellness. 

Students will collaborate with families, mentors, and community partners to guide them in their future goals and transition to their next educational program

Thank you for your interest in attending New Start High School. The application process is now  online! Enrollment is now open.

New Start High School Application (in English and Espanol) 

*Make sure all pages are completed and signed.

Once we receive your application we will:

  1.  Review your application.
  2.  If your application is accepted, we will contact you.

Please be advised, submitting an application to New Start High School is not a guarantee of your acceptance. Acceptance of your application to New Start High School is determined by our review board. If your application qualifies, an invitation to enroll will be determined after your successful completion in new student orientation.

If your application does not qualify, or new student orientation is not successfully completed, your application will be referred back to your home school, or to the Highline School District Connection Center to learn more about the many pathways to graduation Highline Public Schools offers.


New Start High School
614 SW 120th Street
Burien, WA 98146


Kevin Takisaki
Sharon Cawsey
Shauna Pierson

School Hours
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Early Release Days
8:00 a.m - 12:45 p.m.

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.