• Free Summer Meals served at Big Picture

    All children can eat free breakfast and lunch during the summer through the federally-funded Summer Food Program. A child does not need to be a Highline Public Schools student to participate. Meals will be free to children 18 years old and younger. Registration is not required. There are no forms to fill out and no names are written down. Food cannot be taken off the premises. Highline Big Picture Schools will be hosting breakfast from 8:45 – 9:00am and lunch from 12:00 – 12:30pm Monday through Thursday June 19th through July 27th. (Closed the week of July 3 through 6th). Please note all sites will be closed July 4, 2017, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

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  • Lisa Escobar Selected as New Big Picture Principal

    We are pleased to announce that Lisa Escobar has been selected as principal for Highline Big Picture School, starting July 1. Lisa reflects many of the characteristics prioritized in staff and family feedback: a leader with proven experience creating a respectful environment for all, a strong communicator, and someone who collaborates with students, staff, and families.

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  • Big Picture Students Dig in to Big Problems

    Read this spotlight by the Environmental Science Center about our Big Picture students.

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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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  • New Principal for 2017-18

    Principal Tim Schlosser will be leaving Big Picture at the end of this school year. Your input will be a valuable part of the process to select a new principal. Read Principal Schlosser's message to families and take an online survey to help us find Big Picture's next principal.

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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.


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,

Big Picture Schools

About Us

440 South 186th Street
Burien, WA 98148
Tim Schlosser
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.

FAX 206-631-7749


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Keeping Our Promise