• 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



    February 15, 2018


    Dear Big Picture Family,


    It is difficult to hear about another school shooting.  As a principal and a mother, I can only imagine the horror and subsequent sadness felt in the Parkland, Florida community as they process the senseless loss of life and injury of those close to them.  This is not the first time our country has had to grapple with school violence.  My hope, of course, is it is the last time.  We take the safety of our staff and students very seriously in Highline- there is no greater priority.   I also know that even though we prepare our students and staff for any kind of emergency, we cannot guarantee safety 100% of the time.


    Our mantra in Highline is to know every student by name, strength and need.  We take this to heart at Big Picture School.  The relationships we build at Big Picture School are one of the best ways to prevent school violence.  Our staff has the time and commitment to build strong positive relationships with students and families that encourage trust and good communication.  We work hard to validate the thoughts feelings and actions of our students so they feel connected and productive.  We care.


    When I listened to the news this morning, the magnitude of the situation in Florida hit me as I watched families find each other in the crowd.  The tears and hugs expressed the relief and trauma of the moment.  I heard something from a reporter that stayed with me throughout the day.  The evil that transpired was done by one person yet the selfless, heroic responses that demonstrated the good in humanity were too numerous to mention. As we move forward let’s not lose sight of the good in all of us.  Every day I am surrounded vibrant students who are in the process of figuring out who they are and how they are going to impact our world in a positive way.  In the midst of tragedy, I remain optimistic and hopeful for our future. 


    Take care


    Lisa Escobar, Principal

    Big Picture School


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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