Bellevue Big Picture School

The Big Picture Learning design is a dynamic approach to learning, doing, and thinking that has been changing the lives of students, educators, and entire communities since 1995. The design components are based on three foundation principles:

  1. Learning must be based on the interests and goals of each student;
  2. Curriculum must be relevant to the people and places that exist in the real world; and
  3. A student’s abilities must be authentically measured by the quality of her or his work.

How Big Picture Works

  • The Advisor works with a small group of students to find what motivates and interests each student.
  • The Mentor, a lawyer, engineer, merchant, etc., guides each student’s internship.
  • The Parent is actively enrolled as a resource to the BP community.
  • The Student (and peers) interact to reinforce each other’s passion for real work in the real world. The result is a self-teaching community of learners where no one feels left out, and each helps motivate the other.
  2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 
Enrollment 123  223  297
African American 4% 4%  4%
Asian 14% 20%  16%
Hispanic 7% 7%  7%
White 66% 63%  65%
Multi-Ethnic 9% 6%  8%
*based on October enrollment counts
  • Average District Expenditure per Pupil (State Data for 2011-12): $10,349.10
  • Budget (2012-13 school year): $78,626
  • Students that Speak a First Language other than English: 15%
  • Students that Qualify for Free/Reduced Lunches: 14%

The federal No Child Left Behind Act requires that students be assessed each year in reading and math, grades 3 through 8, plus once in high school. In Washington State, students in grades 3-8 now take the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) tests in May; and high school students take the High School Proficiency Exams (HSPE) in March and April. State tests are intended to assess whether students have sufficiently mastered a set of grade-level standards for a particular subject. In other words, “How many students have learned what they need to know – and can demonstrate that learning?” Scores for the MSP or HSPE are reported in 4 levels: “Exceeds Standard,” “Meets Standard,” “Below Standard,” and “Well Below Standard.”


14844 SE 22nd St.
Bellevue, WA 98007 (map)

Bethany Spinler

Office Manager
Karen Penewell

Tel: 425-456-7800
Fax: 425-456-7805

Start & Dismissal

High School:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
7:45 am - 2:50 pm

7:45 am - 12:45 pm

Middle School:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
8:00 am – 3:00 pm

8:00 am – 1:30 pm