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Big Picture Schools, Highline School District

Jeff Petty, Principal
www.hsd401.org/ourschools/highschools/bigpicture/

Grade level: 7, 9–12
Free and Reduced Meals: 63.2%
Year school began to implement innovative practices: 2005


Highline Big Picture High School is a college and career preparatory public high school where students graduate based on competencies demonstrated through portfolios and exhibitions rather than accumulated credits based on seat-time. The school serves students from the Highline, Seattle, Tukwila, Kent, and Federal Way school districts. Unique features of the school include:

  • Grade-level Advisory – Students remain in the same advisory for their entire high school career.
  • Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) – Each student develops his or her ILP in collaboration with the advisor and parent(s).
  • Off-site Internships – Students spend two days a week off-site working in internships with adult mentors who share their interests.
  • Individualized Instruction – In lieu of a traditional schedule of classes, advisors teach and otherwise facilitate learning one-on-one and in various configurations according to the needs of the advisory group and students’ Individualized Learning Plans.
  • Project-based Learning – Students complete academic requirements through school-based projects and activities and a series of increasingly complex projects developed through their internships.
  • Non-traditional Promotion – Students “level-up” from one level to the next by demonstrating their competence in various learning goals aligned with state standards.

Old Capitol Building, PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA  98504-7200  (360) 725-6000  TTY (360) 664-3631
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