Highline is basically a second high school. The courses in general are easier than high school classes and many of the professors aren't very qualified or talented at teaching. Many of the students are not motivated to learn and there is a big smoking problem on campus, which turns it into one big cloud of smoke. It is cheaper than a university, which is good for those who want to save money, but don't expect to be challenged or to find students who want to learn and suceed.
SPU is a great private school. It is pretty small and in a great part of Seattle on Queen Anne hill. The quality of education is great, but it isn't known for its research and definitely doesn't have some of the benefits of a bigger school. If you're looking for a smaller school in the city with a Christian background, this is the place to go.
UW is an excellent school. It can compete with any school in the country in academics and research. If you're concerned about the reputation you'll get from your diploma, UW is the school to go to in the Northwest. It has a beautiful campus in a great area and has a big-school feel that some people like.
If you're looking for a university that isn't too big, but still provides you with the benefits of a larger university, this is the one. Its around 12,000 students, but there is a real community feel (especially when you live in a dorm or get involved in a club). There isn't a greek system, which takes away some of the common problems of universities. There aren't many scholarships, but tuition is very cheap compared to UW and private schools and you get a great value for your money.
FW High School isn't known as the greatest academic institution. They've had some trouble with gangs and bad students, but overall its a decent school. It is an old building that needs improvement. If you live close enough, I'd suggest sending your kids to Thomas Jefferson High School instead, which is known for its academics.
TJ has the reputation as the best high school academically in Federal Way. They're the only one with an IB program (like AP but different), they have very successful students and they're probably the only high school in FW where you'll find ivy league schools visiting. Overall, its a great school and I'd recommend it to anyone in FW.
Kilo is a good junior high school. They have a lot of arts programs and really encourage their students to participate in them. They also have good academic programs. Overall, its a good school and I'd recommend it to anyone with students in the area. It is an easy transition for students going from Lake Dolloff to Kilo since they're right next door.
I went to this school from 1-5 grades and loved it. They have a huge outdoor space with several different fields and a great play area. They always had us exercising, which was great for the kids. I'd recommend this elementary school to anyone in the area, although Adelaide elementary is my favority elementary school in the district.
There's nothing special about Twin Lakes, it is very much like other elementary schools in Federal Way. It is obviously in the Twin Lakes part of town, which is a pretty nice neighborhood, so there aren't a lot of problems with students. I'd recommend this school if you live close to it.
Decatur is an old school that has recently had some additions, but it remains old. Its not really a problem school, but it definitely isn't as focused on academics as Thomas Jefferson HIgh School, which is also in Federal Way. If you're concerned about your kids getting into good colleges or taking IB courses, I'd definitely take them to TJ over Decatur.