Back-to-School Checklist

Back-to-School Checklist

9 Things to Do Before School Starts 

It is almost time for school to start! Here are nine things to do as you get ready for the first day of school.

White Center Heights students on the first day of school.

1. Double Check Your School Assignment

School boundaries have changed since last spring. Find your neighborhood school online. If you are enrolled in a special program or have a question about your assigned school, call the Family Center at 206-631-3003.

2. Find a Bus Route

Find your bus stop and pick-up/drop-off time using our online tool. Please check back before the first day of school. Minor adjustments to routes could be made.

3. Check the Calendar

The first day of school is Wednesday, September 4 for students in grades 1-12. Kindergarten students start on Monday, September 9. The first day for preschool students is September 16. See other important dates online.

4. Register for Free School Meals

Families must reapply for free school meals at the start of each year. Register online.

5. Update Your Contact Info

Make sure we have your current phone number and email address so we can quickly reach you during an emergency and keep you up to date about school news. Visit your school office to make updates. 

6. Download Our New Mobile App

We have a new mobile app for parents and students coming this fall. See grades, attendance, assignments and more! Please delete our old app from your phone. Details about how to download the new app are coming soon!

7. Follow Us on Social Media

Follow Highline on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

8. Know Your Rights & Responsibilities

Review the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook

9. Practice Getting Up On Time

Prepare for school by setting the alarm and waking the family up on time. Being at school on time every day is important for staying on track academically.