Seven years ago, the Highline School District broke Tyee High School into three autonomous small schools: The Academy of Citizenship and Empowerment (ACE), Global Connections High School, and Odyssey.

The small schools, in their transition from “Big Tyee,” took a more progressive, less conventional approach. As a result, there was displacement as teachers and support staff who didn’t support that vision moved to other schools or left the district. This change also created disagreement, tension, and confusion between the small schools and their feeder middle school, Chinook.

This blog is dedicated to addressing these issues. It serves three main purposes: 1) to forge new understandings; 2) to foster open, respectful, and honest dialogue; and 3) to better equip stakeholders to make decisions about what kind of education they want for themselves, their peers, and their community.


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