Middle School

What's different about the Big Picture Middle School experience?                                                

  • One Student at a Time
  • Advisory Structure (17 students per advisory)
  • Student-Interest Driven
  • Project- Based Learning/Exhibitions
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities/Service Learning
  • Apprenticeships
  • No Grades/Credits

Middle School Advisory Work 

7th Grade

Students increase their academic skills and explore their interests/passions in order to become independent learners.

Our goal is to always stay responsive to student interests and needs.

  • Research Projects (For example: What is excellence? What does it mean to be healthy? What does it mean to be green?)
  • Digital Citizenship - Evaluating Online Research Resources 
  • Reading/Writing Daily and develop Mathematical Mindset
  • Restorative Justice/Community Building

8th Grade

Students continue to increase their academic skills in order to develop independent, interest-based projects.

Our goal is to always stay responsive to student interests and needs.

  • Projects and Application of New Learning (doing or making, not just researching)
  • Digital Citizenship
  • What’s Next Unit (Post-High School Options, Career Explorations, College Visits)
  • Reading/Writing Daily and develop Mathematical Mindset
  • Restorative Justice/Community Building 

Examples of 2017-2018 Experiential Learning Opportunities and Service Learning

7th graders

  • September: Pacific Science Center
  • October: Sleep Clinic Center at Harborview Hospital, YMCA
  • November: Tiger Mountain, Bowlake Transfer Station

8th Graders

  • September: Lake Sammamish
  • October: Lemay Car Museum, Cedar River Park, Highpoint Neighborhood Trail (Various stops)
  • November: MOPOP

Service Learning

  • Lifelong.org in Seattle
  • St. Vincent De Paul Food Bank in Georgetown
  • Humane Society in Bellevue
  • Bike Works in Seattle
  • L’Arche Farms in Tacoma
  • Sea Tac Community Center
  • Environmental Center