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Big Picture Schools, Highline School District

Jeff Petty, Principal

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.

   Updated 3/20/2014

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