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Highline Big Picture High School (7-12)


440 South 186th Street

Burien, Washington 98148


Timothy Schlosser, principal

Phone: 206-631-7700 / Fax 206-631-7749

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School Overview

Highline Big Picture High School opened in 2005-06. This year, we have  just under 200 in grades 7-12.  We believe we are doing our best work when each student is an active participant in his or her education, when his or her course of study is personalized by teachers, parents and mentors who know him or her well, and when school-based learning is blended with outside experiences that heighten the student’s interest. By these means we help students take responsibility for their own learning and prepare for success in college and beyond.

The mission of Highline Big Picture High School is to use internships 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 staff, students, parents, and community partners.

Click here to read about the 2008 Big Picture Learning Principals’ Retreat, held in December in Seattle, WA. During this gathering, our network of school leaders spent time visiting and observing Highline Big Picture, and working with its students and staff.


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