Application Period and Information Nights

6th grade

Enrollment is done through a lottery process for 6th grade. The Big Picture incoming 6th grade lottery application period for the 2023-2024 school year will open Monday, December 11, 2023 at 9:00AM – Friday, January 19, 2024 at 4:30PM.  Click here for the lottery application.

Families applying for middle school are encouraged to attend our Information Night on January 3rd at 6:30 pm at the Big Picture cafe.

7th-12th grade

We accept applications for the waitlist for grades 7-12. There is not a lottery for grades 7-12; students go directly to the end of the waitlist in the order in which we receive the applications. These waitlists will open January 24, 2024.  Students currently on the waitlist will be emailed in May with their waitlist number.  Please let the school know if your email address changed.

Families applying for high school are encouraged to attend our Information Night on January 4th at 6:30 pm at the Big Picture cafe. Click here for the 7th-12th grade waitlist application.


Big Picture School offers students a tight knit, personalized, non-traditional learning environment where students have a voice in determining what and how they learn and how they demonstrate understanding. This is a different environment from most district schools, and as such, Big Picture School is not the right fit for all students. Big Picture School requires each applicant to demonstrate motivation and commitment to the Big Picture program and learning philosophy.

Enrollment Procedure

Admission to Big Picture is granted on a space available basis to those students selected under District Procedure 3120.2P. Students are primarily admitted at 6th grade. However, students in grades 7-12 may apply and be placed on a waiting list. If space is available, admission in grades 9-12 will only be offered for the beginning of the next school year at the discretion of the principal in conjunction with the Student Placement Office. Students admitted after grade 9 may need to complete extra courses to fulfill the Bellevue Big Picture graduation requirements.

Once admitted into Big Picture, students may remain through graduation, unless the student moves out of the Bellevue School District. If the school is accepting out of district students for the grade level the child is in, they may be able to remain at the school.

If a student is withdrawn from Big Picture for any reason, the student may forfeit his/her place at the school. Should the student wish to apply for readmission at a later date, the family must establish residency in the District and, if there is no waiting list and there is capacity in the requested grade, the student may be readmitted at the principal’s discretion.

For more information about applying to The Bellevue Big Picture School:

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GENERAL INFORMATION – Enrollment is done through a lottery process for 6th grade. Applications will be accepted during the enrollment period mid December – mid January each calendar year.

Families applying are encouraged to attend an Information Night at Big Picture School. Information nights start at 6:30 pm. Please check our calendar for the next Information Night

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.