Big Picture
440 South 186th Street Burien, WA 98148

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Big Picture
440 South 186th Street Burien, WA 98148


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We are opening the new Maritime High School this fall with its inaugural 9th-grade class. We have spots remaining and we invite you to apply

2021 Graduation Updates

We look forward to celebrating our graduates in-person this year. Please see the updated 2021 graduation schedule, which includes ceremonies at Highline Memorial Stadium and the Performing Arts Center. Each graduate will be allotted two guest tickets. Seating will be socially distanced and other safety protocols will be in place. All graduations will also be live-streamed.

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Starting April 19, middle and high school students will have the option of hybrid learning. In hybrid, students will attend school in person two full days per week, rotating through classes in a three-period day. Hybrid learning is not mandatory. Students may opt to remain in distance learning through the end of the school year. 

Middle & High School Students Start Hybrid Learning

We will begin hybrid learning for grades 6-12 on Monday, April 19.  Governor Inslee has ordered that all public schools provide both remote and in-person options for all students K-12 by that date. Families will choose to opt-in to hybrid learning or remain in fully remote learning.

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We have space available in our new Highline Virtual Academy. Highline Virtual Academy is launching this fall for students in 6th through 12th grades. The academy will be the only all-remote option in the 2021-22 school year and moving forward. We invite you to apply through SchoolMint. 

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Unfortunately, due to the impacts of COVID-19, ShoWare Center is no longer able to host graduation ceremonies for the class of 2021.  Celebrating the hard work of our graduates is a priority, and we are currently working to develop a modified plan for commencement ceremonies, cap and gown distribution, and senior end-of-year events. We will be in touch as soon as more information is available. 

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A lottery was held on March 1 to select students for our secondary schools that require an application or a program transfer. This includes CHOICE Academy, Big Picture Schools, Highline Virtual Academy, Maritime High School, Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program offered at Mount Rainier High School (MRHS).

A message from Superintendent Susan Enfield

To the Class of 2021:Superintendent Susan Enfield has a message just for you. In it, she discusses plans for graduation and new 24/7 resources to help you reach that goal. We are proud of you. The year hasn’t been easy, and it hasn’t been the senior year you wanted. What’s important now is to be on the path you choose for after graduation. It’s not too late to get the help you need!

Our Mission

Big Picture Schools uses internships, apprenticeships and rigorous, interest-based projects to immerse students in work they are passionate about to develop the skills, habits and knowledge to succeed in higher education, overcome obstacles to their wellbeing, and contribute positively to their communities. 

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