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Waskowitz Environmental Leadership Service (WELS)
440 South 186th Street Burien, WA 98148

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Monday-Thursday: 7:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Waskowitz Environmental Leadership Service (WELS)
440 South 186th Street Burien, WA 98148

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Welcome to Waskowitz Environmental Leadership School (WELS)

Is WELS right for you?

WELS is recruiting students for next school year! Check out this short video for more information.

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Are you curious about WELS? Let us know that you might be interested by filling out our form. We'll contact you with more information and updates.

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How to Apply

Students interested in attending WELS must submit an application to be considered for an interview. You can apply to at any point during the year. 

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Latest News

Highline Public Schools Education Levy Renewal - Nov. 2, 2021 Wordmark logo

Highline Public Schools' local education levy is up for renewal on November 2. "The levy helps us provide equitable opportunities for all students across our district," said Highline School Board President Angelica Alvarez. Find out more information about the levy.

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We have a few open seats on our community-led Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC). Add your name to the lottery by September 26 if you live in Highline and are serious about helping prioritize 11 older schools for future bonds.

A message from Superintendent Susan Enfield

In this video message, Superintendent Susan Enfield looks ahead at her 10th and final year at Highline Public Schools. Dr. Enfield assures families, students and staff that together we can create a safe, happy, healthy school year. Let's go, Team Highline!

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We want to create a safe and healthy learning environment for your child. The COVID-19 vaccine can protect your child from the Delta variant and is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID. That’s why we’re hosting multiple vaccination clinics for students and families, in partnership with UW Medicine and HealthPoint. 

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We're back! Day One of the 2021-22 school year is officially in the books. Students and staff celebrated the long-awaited homecoming with 'smeyes' (smiling with your eyes), air hugs and fist bumps. Watch our first-day-of-school video and read a special message to families, students and staff from Superintendent Susan Enfield. 

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While the transition to hybrid in-person learning will start with our youngest learners, we want everyone to be prepared for when it's their turn to go back to school. What should students expect when going to school in-person? What do families need to know? Our safety expectations and plan are based on current information from local, state and federal public health agencies. Each layer of protection keeps us safer.

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Free breakfast, free lunch, full bellies! During the 2021-22 school year, all enrolled students can participate in their school’s breakfast and lunch program at no cost.

Certain school funding is based on the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced-priced meals. See how you can help us qualify. 

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Time to gear up! It is almost time for school to start. Here are 11 things to do as you get ready for the first day of school.

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The first day of school is Thursday, September 2 for students in grades 1-12; Wednesday, September 8 for kindergarten students; and Tuesday, September 14 for preschool students. 

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Student schedules have been posted in ParentVUE. Check your student's assignment there. We'll be sending individual confirmations by the end of the week. If you have questions, please call your school.

Our Promise

WELS creates a pathway for students to take control of their future as a Scholar and Leader in service to their community.

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