A high-quality education starts with relationships. In the Big Picture model, every student is known, respected, and appreciated. Learn more...

Adult-World Connection

Incorporating work and college experiences into students’ high school studies increases the relevance of their class work and leads to enhanced engagement. Learn more...

Common Intellectual Mission

Students, teachers, and other stakeholders work together in a joint intellectual effort based on high standards. Learn more...

Shared Leadership & Responsibility

School leadership is shared by school staff, district, students, and families. Learn more...

Supportive Partnerships

Community and family connections strengthen relationships in support of children and facilitate student success. Learn more...


News & Highlights

Big Picture School Principal Bethany Spinler, right, and junior Alex Demmler, middle, joined Bellevue Schools Foundation Executive Director Roxanne Shepherd at Bellevue Rotary last Tuesday, March 25th. One of Bellevue Rotary's community grants was awarded to Bellevue Big Picture School to support their MakerSpace. Learn more...

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Students may not know where their college path will eventually take them, but they do know that most colleges have bookstores, student union buildings, athletic fields, undergraduate and graduate libraries, state-of-the art science equipment, health centers, academic advisors, many programs of study, residence halls and performing arts centers. At Big Picture...

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Students from Big Picture's high school AP Environmental Science and Biology classes turned out for a garden party on Saturday, February 15th, bright and early. Following a 4 ft. by 4 ft. model, students cut and built 12 raised garden boxes. Measured perfectly, holes were dug and the boxes lined up beautifully for an impressive garden layout. Yards of soil were transported from the parking lot to the garden boxes. Principal Bethany chipped in...

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Megan Feder's PE classes took a break from dodging raindrops on the field and collaborated in small groups as they took on the role of personal trainer to analyze and prepare a diet and exercise plan for their 5 clients. A 40-year-old dentist would like to improve her cardiorespiratory endurance, Jackson Brown (a star high school basketball player) needs to improve his flexibility, your 55-year-old aunt was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis and...

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You can read about them, you can watch them on TV, but until you talk to a professional first-hand about their job, you really don't understand. Our 8th graders got just that chance at the first Big Picture Career Fair on February 13th. Sixteen professionals representing 6 different career pathways attended bringing laptops, visuals, information sheets, work examples and their enthusiasm to talk about careers. We even had one of our own interns, along with his mentor, talking about his passion and future...

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Earlier this year, we profiled the school’s Middle School Advisory classes, which are unique to Bellevue Big Picture. A major component of the classes is college and career exploration. That exploration continues in high school as, once a week, students trade the classroom for the “real world” of work. Learn more... 

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Tom Lustig and his wife, Rose, came to Big Picture on January 31st to talk about the Holocaust. Tom grew up in Czechoslovakia and was 3 years old when the Nazis took over his hometown. Taken to the Terezin concentration camp, he was immediately separated from his family and put in the children's barracks. His Mother was a nurse and worked in the camp's hospital. She would sneak over...

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This year, Bellevue Big Picture School has 300 students enrolled in grades 6-11. In 2015, it will graduate its first class of seniors, the same students who helped launched the new Bellevue Big Picture as ninth graders in the fall of 2011. Three years after opening its doors, how is the school preparing its students for success in college, career and life? Learn more...

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Big Picture student Nicole Wen competes on the Sammamish High School swim team. The SHS Girls 200-yard Freestyle Relay competed at the King County Aquatics Center last weekend in the State finals. They competed with both heart and grit. Team members Blaire Ziegan (sophomore), Nicole Wen (sophomore), Aliza Ben-Varon (junior) and Gillian Matthes (junior) swam their personal bests during the preliminaries. Pulling a shoulder muscle...

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May 5

  • Grade 11 AP Environmental Science Test

May 6

  • AP Spanish Test
  • Grade 7 Writing MSP

May 7

  • AP Calculus Test

May 8

  • Grade 7 Writing MSP
  • Grade 8 Science MSP

May 13

  • Grade 6-8 Reading MSP

May 20

  • Grade 6-8 Math MSP

May 26

  • Memorial Day - no school

May 29

  • Grade 8 trip to EMP

June 9

  • Biology EOC

June 11

  • Geometry EOC

June 16

  • Algebra EOC

June 23

  • Snow Make-up Day - Last Day of School

Extended Tutorial

  • MS: Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 Portable
  • MS: Thursdays 3:30-4:30 Portable 4
  • HS: Tuesdays: 3:20-4:00 Room 211

 In case of weather delays, please check the late start schedules for Middle School & High School.


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SafeSchools Alert

Our district is now using SafeSchools Alert, a tip reporting service that allows students, staff and parents to submit safety concerns to our administration four different ways:

  1. Phone: 1-855-4ALERT1, ext. 117
  2. Text #1177 @tip + your tip to ALERT1 or 253781
  3. Email
  4. Fill out a report at

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Bellevue Big Picture

14844 SE 22nd Street

Bellevue, WA 98007

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Bethany Spinler

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Karen Penewell

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