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About Us

Located conveniently just north of Seattle between the shores of Lake Washington and the Puget Sound, Shoreline School District serves the cities of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park.

Our Mission

Provide a collaborative learning community that engages all students in learning the academic and work-life skills needed to achieve their individual potential and become responsible citizens.

View Our Instructional Strategic Plan

With an enrollment of roughly 9,000 students, the district is known for providing academic excellence that supports student learning through the core beliefs that:

All students can achieve:
All students can grow to reach their academic and personal excellence.

Equitable access to rigorous learning is essential:
All students will be provided with equitable instruction, access to innovative programs, and necessary supports or success.

Diversity makes our community stronger:
We view diversity as an asset. Fostering an environment of dignity and respect, all individuals, opinions, and contributions are valued. 

Curiosity sparks creativity and innovation:
Students will be encouraged to generate questions, explore topics of interest, and engage in inquiry to develop new ideas and novel ways of thinking.

Respect, empathy, and collaboration are at the core of community:
Students broaden their perspectives by seeking to understand the perspectives and experiences of others and by working collaboratively to understand their role and responsibilities in our local and global community.

Shoreline Schools "Fast Facts" One-Pager

Our Wonderfully Diverse Students

  • 12% Multi-Language Learners
  • 29% Low Income
  • 13% Special Education
  • 9% Section 504

78 Languages Spoken (from Albanian to Wolof)

15.7% of students are reported to be Hispanic or of Latino ethnicity

2023-24 Student Race Ethnicity Breakdown

Race and Ethnicity Breakdown:

  • White: 56.6%
  • Multi-Racial: 15.7%
  • Black or African American: 14.2%
  • Asian: 12.5%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0.6%
  • American Indian or Alaskan Native: 0.4%

October 2023 data

Our Staff

Shoreline School District employs approximately 1,250 employees:

  • about 700 certificated and administrative
  • about 550 classified

Equity and inclusion make our school community stronger! We are actively working to recruit and retain BIPOC staff and those who speak languages other than English.

Our Schools at a Glance

  • One Early Learning Center
  • Nine K-5 Elementary Schools
  • Two Grades 6-8 Middle Schools
  • Two Grades 9-12 High Schools
  • One K-8 Cascade Community School
  • One K-8 Home Education Exchange

Learn more about any of our schools.

Map of Shoreline schools approximate locations

Shore to Shore and Line to Line

In the spring of 1944, when the Shoreline School District was officially formed, a contest was held to give the new district a proper name. Fifth grader Marilyn Buckner submitted the winning suggestion.

She said that since the district would stretch from Puget Sound to Lake Washington, and from the Seattle city limits to the King-Snohomish County line, that is “shore to shore and line to line,” the new district should be called “Shoreline.”