Des Moines Elementary School
23801 16th Avenue South Des Moines, WA 98198

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Apply to a Middle School of Choice

Apply to a Middle School of Choice

Explore Middle School Options

The application window for middle schools of choice is January 3 to January 31, 2022. Students and families are encouraged to find the best fit.

Space is limited. A lottery process is used when applications exceed capacity. The lottery will take place on March 1. Full lottery results, including waitlist order, will be posted as a news story on the district and choice school websites on March 3 by end of day.  

Our Promise is to know every student by name, strength and need so they graduate prepared for the future they choose. One way they do that is by offering schools that match student needs and interests. Secondary students have the opportunity to attend their neighborhood school or apply to a school of choice. 

Students and families apply online for schools of choice. Learn more at highlineschools.org/schoolsofchoice.  

Need help submitting your application? Attend an in-person SchoolMint support event on January 28, 2022, from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m. By appointment only. Register here.

Big Picture Middle School

Applications are open to incoming 6th- through 12th-grade students.

Big Picture starts with student interests and builds the whole curriculum around them. Students create their own learning plan. Most learning happens through projects. Students work closely with a small advisory group that stays together multiple years. Two days a week students pursue internships.

Learn more and apply

CHOICE Academy

Applications are open to incoming 6th- through 12th-grade students.

CHOICE Academy provides a small, welcoming learning environment with rigorous and relevant curriculum in a family-style school setting. The school offers traditional instruction in the morning with opportunities for off-site, independently-developed electives in the afternoon.

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Highline Virtual Academy

Applications are open to incoming 6th- through 12th-grade students.

Highline Virtual Academy is an all-remote school. Students who thrive in independent, online learning are good candidates. Staff build relationships and engage students in social-emotional support through advisory, one-on-one experiences and small group support. Student leaders are building opportunities for students to connect through clubs and other experiences.

Learn more and apply

Neighborhood Middle Schools 

Cascade Middle School, Chinook Middle School, Pacific Middle School, Sylvester Middle School 

All neighborhood schools offer a variety of challenging coursework, taught by highly-skilled teachers, with electives to enhance the learning experience. Get to know your neighborhood school—explore its website and all it has to offer.

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