Welcome from our Head of School

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I’m delighted to introduce you to Big Brains Preparatory—a fully accredited, U.S./Washington state diploma-granting, private high school for grades 9–12. We help students learn in the ways that are right for them, nurturing a joy for learning and a passion for excellence in all of their pursuits.

The key is our individualized approach, which frees children to reach their personal potential. Our students are liberated from rigid schedules, classes that move too fast or too slow, overcrowded classrooms, teaching to the test, and many other factors that typically stand in the way of academic engagement and success. Rather we use our award-winning digital curriculum, developed by cognitive scientists and master educators and tested on thousands of students to personalize each student’s program. Our students can study when and where they would like, at the pace that fits their ability in each subject.

We also surround your child with an amazing support team, including teachers who have a true gift for inspiring young learners. Working with these teachers and their personal Academic Mentor, each student takes responsibility for both planning and executing their own learning. Starting with the first assignment of each year where our students reflect on their personal goals for the year in light of BBP’s message that “life is created from your thoughts” and culminating with each year’s final assignment where we reflect on the same message and the year we have just experienced, we teach that life is what you make it.

We don’t try to be everything to everyone. We are, first and foremost, an academic institution for passionate learners: mathematicians, scientists, roboteers, future doctors and the like. While we don’t have our own drama department, nor our own football team, our hyper-efficient blended learning environment allows your student to have the time and energy to participate actively in whatever sport, activity or project is their passion.

If you’re looking for a school that can adapt to your child’s needs and rekindle their joy of learning, I invite you to learn more on these pages. Join us and the rewards will be worth it—from the newfound flexibility and focus, to all those ‘a-HA!’ moments to come.

David Zook
Executive Director, Big Brains Preparatory