The mission of Highline Big Picture Schools is to use internships, apprenticeships 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.
- Students learn in collaboration with teachers, families, professionals and mentors.
- Students are in advisories and stay with the same advisors for two years in middle school and four years in high school.
- Learning is project-based and incorporates the five Big Picture Competencies.
- Students work independently on interest-based projects daily in addition to advisory work.
- All students present their learning at exhibitions three times a year. We do not have grades or credits.
- High School students are off campus two days a week at internship sites.
- Middle school students are at service learning sites one day a month and out in the community weekly.
- Middle school students are provided district transportation.
- High school students are provided ORCA cards and take public transportation.
- We do not offer extra-curricular activities. Students are able to participate in activities at their home school.
- Big Picture students graduate prepared for the post-secondary adventure of their choice - college, career and citizenship.
To learn more about Big Picture School and to see if it is a good fit for you, please visit the www.bigpicture.org.
In addition, the following books are very helpful in understanding our innovative approach to education:
- The Big Picture by Dennis Littky
- Leaving to Learn by Elliot Washor and Charles Mojkowski
- A Letter to Teachers by Vito Perrone
- Creative Schools by Sir Ken Robinson
- What School Could Be by Ted Dintersmith