Big Picture Admissions

  • Students interested in attending Highline Big Picture (HBP) must submit an application during the application window. If there are more applicants than seats available, selection of students will be by lottery drawing of applicants who are fully committed to the HBP educational program, followed by a student and parent conference with HBP administration, school staff, and students. Please carefully read the information in this page to determine if HBP is a good fit for you. Your name will be placed in the lottery only if you commit to all requirements and submit the requested documents.

    About Big Picture Middle & High School

    • Highline Big Picture is a small, personalized community of learning, where students are encouraged to be leaders and where school leaders are encouraged to be visionaries. Our school strives to create a respectful, diverse, creative, exciting, and reflective culture. At Big Picture, there is no cannon of information that all students must know. In a world where available information is growing exponentially, we believe that the most important thing a student needs to know is how to learn. Highline Big Picture is part of a national model of schools seeking to transform education, one student at a time. 
    • HBP opened in 2005 and now has 190 students in 7th through 12th grade. At the core of our approach is developing close relationships with students and families, helping students identify what they are passionate about, and then harnessing this motivation to drive rigorous learning connected to real experiences in adult workplaces. Our work is focused on relationships, relevance, and rigor. The tools we use include real-world learning, internships, individualized learning plans, a small school setting with low staff: student ratios, and a breakthrough college transition program.
    • Middle school students have the opportunity to explore their interests through weekly field trips. High school students pursue their passions through internships under the mentorship of professionals in the community. Starting in the 9th grade, every student spends two days a week at an internship, where they are immersed in the professional work of the site. In this approach to learning, students develop and complete projects that serve real needs in adult workplaces among adult colleagues. The relevance, ownership, and accountability inherent in such work are difficult to simulate in the classroom. Internships motivate and provide context for students’ academic pursuits.
    • Big Picture accepts students at all grade levels based on space availability. Typical entry grades are at the 7th grade for middle school and 9th grade for high school.

    So, is Big Picture a fit for you?

    Check out our website for more about our school, students, and staff. You can also contact us to learn more. View the national Big Picture website

    Application Information

    Applications for the 2017-2018 school year can be submitted during the application window of January 3 - 31, 2017. Please use our online application site SchoolMint to complete and submit an application.
    SchoolMint allows you to create an account using an email address or mobile phone number and submit a new student application for Big Picture Schools. After providing basic guardian and student information, you will have a chance to save and/or submit a complete application.
    If you cannot finish an application in one sitting, please click "Save Progress" to resume your application at any time. If you have technical questions about how to submit an application, please contact SchoolMint Support by email
    or call 855-957-3535.

    Lottery Process 

    If there are more applications than space at any particular grade level, the district will hold a lottery including all students with completed applications. Students not accepted in the lottery will be placed on a waitlist in the order they are chosen from the pool of remaining students. The date and location of the lottery will be publicized if families want to watch the drawing of names. If there are more seats available than there are applicants, applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
    Highline Public Schools, District #401, complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate in admission, access, treatment, or employment in education programs or hiring practices on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, sex sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, marital status, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular activities.