• 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.


  • Lisa Escobar

     November 27, 2017

    We are returning from Thanksgiving break and I hope everyone in the Big Picture community had quality time with friends and family. It is hard for me to believe how quickly this year is passing and that we are already at the end of the first learning cycle. Students have been presenting their learning at exhibitions. I have been fortunate enough to attend many exhibitions which has enabled me to deepen my knowledge about each student and what each student gains by being at Big Picture School. There are very few educational settings that provide students the opportunity to speak for an hour in front of a panel and share their learning plan, their internships and projects and their reflection on the first learning cycle. Students connect the five competencies to the various areas of their work and get feedback from the panel on next steps. If a student is unprepared for the exhibition or has a lack of evidence to support what they present. It is also a valuable learning experience if a student is unprepared for the exhibition or has a lack of evidence to support growth. I am confident if this happens, the student will be prepared next time!

    There are many benefits to being part of Big Picture Schools. As an educator that has been in the field for over 30 years, I can honestly say that we are committed to preparing students academically, socially and emotionally for their future. There are many things happening in the world that quite honestly leave me shaking my head and wondering what is going on! I want graduates of Big Picture to meet challenges head-on and to be agents of change for good.
    The headlines lately have focused on sexual harassment and is seems it is rampant in the workplace. The Highline School District takes a very strong stance against any kind of harassment, intimidation and/or bullying (HIB). Our HIB board policy 3207 can be found on the Highline School District website.

    In addition to having a board policy against HIB, there is a form that can be filled out if you suspect your student is a victim of HIB. The form is Board Policy 3207F and is also found on the Highline School District website. Please feel free to communicate with us if there are any concerns you have over the physical and/or emotional safety of your student. We can’t address what we don’t know!

    Our goal is to create a healthy environment at Big Picture where students and staff learn and practice behaviors that inspire kindness and compassion. The hope is students will practice these behaviors when they leave Big Picture and therefore impact our world in a positive way. As I stated earlier, I want our students to be agents of change for good - and after participating in their exhibitions I believe they can be!

    Take care

    Lisa Escobar, Principal


About Us

  • 440 South 186th Street
    Burien, WA 98148
    Lisa Escobar
    Office Manager
    School Hours
    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.



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