Big Picture, Aviation High Schools Designated ‘Innovative Schools’ By State

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Highline School District’s Big Picture High School (Burien) and Aviation High School (Des Moines) were designated state ‘Innovative Schools’ by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Information (OSPI) on Friday (Nov. 18).

These two schools were included along with 20 others from across Washington.

The Innovative Schools program “celebrates the state’s most inventive and exciting school models and encourages bold, creative and innovative thinking across Washington’s public schools,” according to OSPI.

Aviation High School is the only college preparatory, aerospace/aviation-themed high school in the Northwest. AHS is recognized as a model for science, technology, engineering and math education. It is open to students across the Puget Sound region. Some students commute daily up to two hours each way to attend. More info available here.

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. Students spend three days a week in class and two days a week working at internships (NOTE: The B-Town Blog has mentored Interns from here for three years now!) or other learning experiences in the community. More info available here.

The 22 Innovative Schools were selected by a review panel that included two principals, a former school district superintendent, a regional Teacher of the Year, two STEM educators, and a representative from the Washington Education Association and OSPI.

More information about Innovation Schools is available here.

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