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Announcements

  • 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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  • Summer Office Hours

    Office hours June 20 - August 5 are from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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    Enroll Now—Be Part of Big Picture in 7th Grade This Fall

    Highline’s Big Picture School (Grades 7-12) wants you and your sixth-grade student to know there are a few slots still open this fall for incoming 7th graders! Since the application window to this school of choice has passed, applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until our seats are filled. Find out more about us and our emphasis on real-world learning.…

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  • 2016-17 Application Window Open for Big Picture

    The application to attend Big Picture Middle and High School for the 2016-17 school year is now available online. The deadline to submit an application was originally January 29. We have decided to keep the application window open until all seats are full. Completed applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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  • New Admissions Process at Big Picture

    Highline Public Schools is unifying our admissions process for schools in Highline that require an application, including Big Picture.

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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 1:00 p.m.
 
Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

FAX 206-631-7749

News

  • Top 8 Things to Do Before School Starts

    Spread the word! School starts September 1. Be prepared for the first day of school with our easy-to-follow checklist of 8 things to do before school starts.

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  • Headed to Middle School? Don't miss this!

    Moving into middle school is a big step. Start it off on the right foot. Attend a free three-day program for incoming seventh-graders. It includes a trip to the U.W. for special event with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson!

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  • We Heard You! Here's What We Learned

    It's time for us to share what we heard in our recent online community conversation. More than 1,000 people shared their priorities and ideas about possible school schedule changes and high school improvements with us.

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  • Community-led Bond Slated for November Ballot

    A community-led plan for a school construction bond will go before voters in November. The $299 million bond would replace deteriorating schools, ease overcrowding and make safety improvements at all schools. A community advisory committee developed the bond package. The school board fully accepted the committee’s recommendation and voted to place the measure on the November ballot.

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  • Highline in the News

    Highline High School and Des Moines Elementary were mentioned in a Seattle Times story highlighting the earthquake risk of older school buildings. Both schools were built before current seismic standards were established.

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