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Apply Now for High Schools of Choice

Did you know you have options for high school? We encourage you to find the best fit. The application window is now open for high schools that require an application including Big Picture Schools, CHOICE Academy, and Raisbeck Aviation High School. The deadline to apply is January 31.

Big Picture, CHOICE and RAHS offer unique programs for students. Learn more about each school below.

While the admission process for these schools is the same, each application reflects the educational program of the specific school. Please use our online application site SchoolMint to complete and submit an application by January 31. Families will be notified about the results by February 27.

SchoolMint allows students and families to create an account using an email address or mobile phone number and submit a new student application for Highline's schools of choice. After providing basic guardian and student information, applicants will have a chance to save and/or submit a complete application.

If applicants cannot finish an application in one sitting, please click "Save Progress" to resume the application at any time. For technical questions about how to submit an application, please contact SchoolMint Support by email support@schoolmint.com

or call 855-957-3535.

Students interested in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program offered at Mount Rainier High School can submit an in-district transfer form between January 3 - 31. Learn more by visiting the Transfer Request webpage. 

Space in IB and schools requiring an application is limited. A lottery process is used when applications exceed capacity.

 Learn more about the application process and apply today by visiting each school's admissions webpage.

Students have a lot of options when it comes to secondary schools. We encourage students to find the best fit. Check out a breakdown of your secondary options below.   

Your Neighborhood School – All neighborhood schools offer a variety of challenging course work, taught by highly-skilled teachers, with electives to enhance the learning experience. We encourage you to get to know your neighborhood school--explore its website and all it has to offer.

International Baccalaureate (IB) – IB transfer request form required
An internationally-recognized, college-prep program emphasizing the development of independent learners, critical thinkers, and strong writers with a global perspective. This program is located at Mount Rainier High School and an IB transfer is required. IB transfer requests are accepted January 3 – January 31.

CHOICE Academy – Serving grades 7-12 - application required
CHOICE Academy provides a small, welcoming learning environment, with rigorous and relevant curriculum and top-notch teachers in a family-style school setting. CHOICE Academy offers flexibility, with traditional instruction in the morning and opportunities for on-site or independently-developed electives, such as music lessons, equestrian riding, dance, or theatre arts.

Big Picture Middle and High School – Serving grades 7-12 - application required
Big Picture Learning is focused on relationships, relevance, and rigor. Teachers and staff develop close relationships with students and families, help students identify what they are passionate about, and then harness this motivation to drive rigorous learning connected to real experiences in adult workplaces. The educational program includes real-world learning, internships, individualized learning plans, a small-school setting with low staff-to-student ratios, and a breakthrough college-transition program.

Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS) Serving grades 9-12 - application required
RAHS offers a specialized, theme-based, and college-preparatory curriculum focused on aviation- and aerospace- related topics aimed at students who are passionate about aviation and flight, aerospace and space exploration, and related technical fields. Students who are interested in engineering (mechanical, electrical, aerospace, robotics, systems, civil), the sciences (computer, astrophysics, space), and technology- and innovation-driven fields will be well served in our school. Students who are motivated to pursue a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) education and career pathway related to aviation and aerospace are ideal candidates. The school is located on The Museum of Flight campus, and district transportation is provided for students residing within the Highline boundaries.