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Announcements

  • Students Selected for Big Picture

    A lottery was held on February 16 to select students for the district's secondary schools that require an application including Big Picture. Because there were more applicants than can be admitted to these schools, students were selected by lottery from the pool of eligible candidates.

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  • Are You Coming to COLLEGECON?

    We are excited to host our first annual COLLEGECON, a college-bound conference for all Highline middle school students and families on Saturday, March 4, at Highline College. Learn everything about how to go to college. Breakfast, lunch, transportation, and childcare included.

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  • Apply Now for Big Picture

    The application window is now open for secondary schools of choice including Big Picture Schools. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year can be submitted during the application window of January 3 - 31. Please use our online application site SchoolMint to complete and submit an application.

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  • Change in Bell Schedule for BPS 7th & 8th graders

    The school day will be from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for Middle School students. Busing information will be mailed out in August with times and locations of pick ups. Please watch for the summer enrollment packet for more information regarding the changes.

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Mission

The mission of Highline Big Picture Schools is to use internships and rigorous, interest-based projects to immerse students in work they are passionate about in order to develop the skills, habits, and knowledge to succeed in higher education, overcome obstacles to their well-being, and contribute positively to their communities. This mission is implemented one student at a time within a supportive network of students, staff, advisories, families, and community partners.
  • Big Picture Middle School provides highly personalized and relevant instruction in small classroom setting.
  • Learning is hands on and takes place in the classroom and in the greater community.
  • Students learn in collaboration with teachers, families, professionals, and mentors.
  • Math, Science and Humanities along with regular field trips form the core of real-world learning for our students.
     

Principal

Tim Schlosser Dear Big Picture Families,
 
I hope you are all having a wonderful summer and that you are looking forward to another amazing year of Big Picture learning. The 2015-2016 academic year brought big changes and achievements to our school:
  • The high school successfully completed a rigorous process to become fully accredited by the Association of Educational Service Districts, and was given a number of commendations for excellence; in addition, multiple school teams from other cities, states, and countries (including China and New Zealand) visited the Big Picture campus to learn from our innovations and successes 
  • Our high school graduates are off to great universities and opportunities across the state and beyond, and as a whole the high school logged more internship hours and a higher internship placement rate than at any time since the school started
  • The Middle School created a new digital entrepreneurship program and published two books authored entirely by students
  • We have formed a permanent family group, the Family Voices Organization, which put on a number of successful events for the school community
To name just a few. And the most important successes, of course, have happened “one student at a time,” in the relationships and authentic real-world learning that drive what we do each day. Others in the district and beyond are noticing—which is part of why all of our advisories are full with a wait list for the coming year.

This year will be about building on our momentum and success as a school community, continuing the shift to digital learning (we received another grant for new laptops), building even more real-world internship and field trip opportunities (we have a new staff member being hired to support this), and continuing the work begun this year to enrich our 7-12 academic continuum.

The entire staff is looking forward to welcoming you back for another great year!

Sincerely yours,

Principal
Big Picture Schools

About Us

440 South 186th Street
Burien, WA 98148
 
Phone
206-631-7700
 
Attendance
206-631-7737
 
Principal
Tim Schlosser
 
Office Manager
 
School Hours
Varies
 
Early Release Days
High School 2:30 p.m.
Middle School 1:30 p.m.
 
Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

FAX 206-631-7749

News

  • Celebrate! Highline by Nominating a Gold Star

    Nominations are now open for the 2017 Gold Star Awards, sponsored by the Highline Schools Foundation. Parents, community members, business owners, and staff are encouraged to Celebrate! Highline by nominating individuals who make an impact in Highline.

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  • The Meaning of L-O-V-E

    What does the word love mean? The world's greatest poets, authors, musicians, teachers, and philosophers have struggled with that question for centuries. For Valentine's Day, we asked the smartest and most thoughtful people we know-- our students.

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  • Snow Make-up Day is May 30

    The snow make-up day for Monday, February 6, will be Tuesday, May 30.

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  • Learn About School Schedule Decisions

    Making a decision about weather-related school closures is always difficult, because so many different situations have to be considered. We do our very best to balance the many interests at stake, but we recognize that no matter what decision we make, it will not please everyone.

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  • Highline Takes First Step Toward New Schools & Safety Upgrades

    Highline voters approved the sale of $299 million in school construction bonds last November, and today the first set of bonds was sold. The $236.8 million proceeds will fund a majority of the school construction and improvement projects in the bond package.

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