Midway Elementary School
22447 24th Avenue South Des Moines, WA 98198


Apply to Middle Schools of Choice

Apply to Middle Schools of Choice

The application window is now open for middle schools of choice including Big Picture Schools and Choice Academy. 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 to January 31, 2020. 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.

Big Picture Middle 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.

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.

Want to know more? Join us at the dates below to find out more about each program and have the opportunity to get your questions answered.

Information Nights

Big Picture Middle and High School Tour
January 24 and January 31, 2020
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
440 South 186th Street
Burien, 98148

Big Picture Middle & High School Information Night
January 22 and January 29, 2020
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
440 South 186th Street
Burien, 98148

CHOICE Academy Information Night
January 23, 2020
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
18367 8th Avenue South
Burien, 98148


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 support@schoolmint.com or call 855-957-3535.

Space is limited. A lottery process is used when applications exceed capacity. The lottery will take place on March 2. Families will be notified via SchoolMint on March 2 whether students are accepted or placed on a waitlist. Full lottery results, including waitlist order will be posted as a news story on the district and choice school websites on March 3 by end of day.