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Big Picture
440 South 186th Street Burien, WA 98148



The application window the 2020-21 school year is now closed. Application windows are open in the month of January. 

Students interested in attending Highline Big Picture (HBP) must submit an application during the application window. The application window for secondary schools of choice closed January 31, 2020 at 11:00 p.m.

If there are more applicants than seats available, selection of students will be by lottery drawing of applicants who are fully committed to the HBP educational program, followed by a student and parent conference with HBP administration, school staff and students. Please carefully read the information in this page to determine if HBP is a good fit for you. Your name will be placed in the lottery only if you commit to all requirements and submit the requested documents. 

Space is limited. A lottery process is used when applications exceed capacity. The lottery for the 2020-21 school year will take place on March 2. Families will be notified via SchoolMint on March 2 whether students are accepted or placed on a waitlist. Full lottery results, including waitlist order will be posted as a news story on our website on March 3 by end of day.  

Applications are open to all grades. 

Application Information

During the application window, use our online application portal to complete and submit an application. Create an account using an email address or mobile phone number. After providing basic guardian and student information, save and/or submit your application.

If you cannot finish an application in one sitting, click "Save Progress," and resume the application at any time. For technical questions about how to submit an application, please contact support by email or call 855-957-3535.

Space is limited at Big Picture. A lottery process is used when applications exceed capacity.

Lottery Process

If there are more applications than space at any particular grade level, the district will hold a lottery including all students with completed applications. Students not accepted in the lottery will be placed on a waitlist in the order they are chosen from the pool of remaining students. If there are more seats available than there are applicants, applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

About Highline Big Picture 

Highline Big Picture is a small, personalized community of learning, where students are encouraged to be leaders and where school leaders are encouraged to be visionaries. Our school strives to create a respectful, diverse, creative, exciting, and reflective culture. At Big Picture, there is no cannon of information that all students must know. In a world where available information is growing exponentially, we believe that the most important thing a student needs to know is how to learn. Highline Big Picture is part of a national model of schools seeking to transform education, one student at a time. 

HBP opened in 2005 and now has 190 students in 6th through 12th grade. At the core of our approach is developing close relationships with students and families, helping students identify what they are passionate about, and then harnessing this motivation to drive rigorous learning connected to real experiences in adult workplaces. Our work is focused on relationships, relevance, and rigor. The tools we use include real-world learning, internships, individualized learning plans, a small school setting with low staff: student ratios, and a breakthrough college transition program.

  • Middle school students have the opportunity to explore their interests through weekly field trips. High school students pursue their passions through internships under the mentorship of professionals in the community. Starting in the 9th grade, every student spends two days a week at an internship, where they are immersed in the professional work of the site. In this approach to learning, students develop and complete projects that serve real needs in adult workplaces among adult colleagues. The relevance, ownership, and accountability inherent in such work are difficult to simulate in the classroom. Internships motivate and provide context for students’ academic pursuits.
  • Big Picture accepts students at all grade levels based on space availability. Typical entry grades are at the 6th grade for middle school and 9th grade for high school.