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Pacific Middle School
22705 24th Ave South Des Moines, WA 98198


You Have Options With Schools of Choice

You Have Options With Schools of Choice

Students have a lot of options when it comes to secondary schools. We encourage students and families to find the best fit.

The application window for secondary schools of choice is January 1 - 31, 2019.

Secondary schools of choice include Big Picture, CHOICE Academy, Raisbeck Aviation High School and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at MRHS.

During the application window, students and families can use our online application site SchoolMint to complete and submit an application for schools of choice.

For technical questions about how to submit an application, please contact SchoolMint Support by email or call 855-957-3535.

Space is limited. A lottery process is used when applications exceed capacity. The lottery will take place on March 1. Families will be notified immediately via SchoolMint. Results will be posted online March 2.

Secondary options for our students:

Your Neighborhood School
All neighborhood schools offer a variety of challenging coursework, taught by highly-skilled teachers, with electives to enhance the learning experience. We encourage you to get to know your neighborhood school—explore its website and all it has to offer.

International Baccalaureate (IB) –  Serving grades 9-12 — IB application required
An internationally-recognized, college-prep program emphasizing the development of independent learners, critical thinkers, and strong writers with a global perspective. This program is located at Mount Rainier High School.

CHOICE Academy – Serving grades 6-12 — application required
CHOICE Academy provides a small, welcoming learning environment, with rigorous and relevant curriculum in a family-style school setting. The school offers flexibility, with traditional instruction in the morning and opportunities for on-site or independently-developed electives.

Big Picture Middle and High School – Serving grades 6-12 — application required
Big Picture is focused on relationships, relevance and rigor. The educational program includes real-world learning, internships, individualized learning plans, a small-school setting with low staff-to-student ratios, and a breakthrough college-transition program.

Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS) - Serving grades 9-12 — application required
RAHS offers a specialized curriculum focused on aviation- and aerospace-related topics. Students who are motivated to pursue a science, technology, engineering or math education and career pathway related to aviation, aerospace and space exploration are ideal candidates.

Information Nights

International Baccalaureate Information Session
January 9, 2019
6:00 - 7:30 pm.
Mount Rainier High School
22450 19th Avenue South
Des Moines, WA 98198

Big Picture Middle & High School Information Night
January 9 and January 16, 2019
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
440 South 186th Street
Burien, WA 98148

Big Picture Middle and High School Tour
January 11 and January 18, 2019
9:00 -10:30 a.m.
440 South 186th Street
Burien, WA 98148

CHOICE Academy Information Night
January 17, 2019
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
18367 8th Avenue South
Burien, WA 98148