Tyee High School
Olympic Interim Site 615 South 200th Street Des Moines, WA 98198

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Tyee High School
Olympic Interim Site 615 South 200th Street Des Moines, WA 98198

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School Mission

Mission | What We Aspire to DO

Tyee High School challenges and empowers students to uplift their communities and thrive in the world.

Vision | What We Aspire to CREATE

We are an intellectually vibrant learning community where students, staff, families, and the community learn in partnership. We create this learning environment in the context of Highline Public Schools, which promises that every student will be known by name, strength, and need, and that every student will graduate ready for college, career, and citizenship.

Tyee High School is committed to graduating all students, and to ensuring that they have wide access to postsecondary choices.

We use real-world learning experiences, rich extracurricular and athletic offerings, challenging curriculum, and empowering, culturally responsive instruction to give students the skills, habits, and knowledge they need to excel in higher education, overcome systemic injustice, and succeed in life.

Our diversity is our strength, and our school is defined by deep, meaningful relationships, joyful and authentic learning experiences, and a shared desire to lead for positive change in the world. 

We will build on the innovations and successes of the past to become a nationally recognized model of equity, excellence, and innovation at the high school level. 


Tyee CARES: Collaborate, Achieve, Respect, Empower, Support

To realize this mission and vision, we know that we must partner with families and the community to support our students, and that we must nurture both hearts and minds. 

Relationships & Culture | Heart

Classroom level focus areas:

  • Advisory at the core of student experience
  • Family engagement & culturally responsive pedagogy
  • PBIS / Restorative practices

School-wide initiatives:

  • Trauma-informed instruction professional development with Sound Discipline and advisory strategy support from Engaging Schools
  • Totem Pride / school-wide culture work (including student leadership, mentorship programs, clubs, athletics, etc.); making our vision alive in all parts of the school
  • Focus on robust systems for catalyzing school and community support structures (counseling, mental health, internship / career exploration, Health Point, etc.)

Instruction & Innovation | Mind

Classroom level:

  • Authentic real-world learning opportunities, voice & choice in curriculum
  • High expectations, use of standards-based instruction to challenge and empower students
  • Consistent and frequent formative assessment & feedback
  • ELL & AVID support strategies 

School-wide initiatives:

  • Professional development drawing from research-based best practices such as those described in Yvette Jackson’s Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, 7 Strategies of Assessment for Learning, Understanding by Design, and Data Wise.
  • Ongoing professional development with Cultures Connecting (race & equity)
  • Support from Puget Sound Consortium for School Innovation on connecting learning to the real world and creating opportunities for voice & choice
  • Cycles of Inquiry supported by increased time in content teams
  • Every teacher is an ELL teacher; movement toward school-wide use of AVID strategies