Big Picture College and Career Academy
A Big Picture Model School
Big Picture College and Career Academy is a Big Picture-inspired school, where students are at the center of learning.
Big Picture College and Career Academy guides students to explore their personal interests and passions through engaging, authentic, and rigorous experiences to create life-long learners empowered to succeed in their chosen career paths.
At BPCCA, students experience a college-preparatory environment balancing classes, seminars, independent learning, real-world learning through professional internships, and access to college courses.
Students, parents and a community mentor are active participants in the design and assessment of the student’s personalized learning plan, which starts with the student’s own interests. Learning Plans are framed by independent project-based learning, real-world learning through professional internships, and access to college courses.
By staying with the same advisor and a small advisory for all four years, students are supported by a strong culture of high standards, accountability, and support. BPCCA students learn to become problem-solvers, lifelong learners and cooperative members of the community, preparing them for college, careers and beyond.
Distinguishing features of BPCCA
- Narratives – student and teacher
- Student-centered Learning
Independent projects and learning
- Learning Through Volunteering (LTV)
- Part of a small learning advisory (approx 20 students)
- One-on-one meetings with an advisor
Real World Learning
- Large-group and small-group volunteering
- Job Interviews and Professional Shadowing
- Internships - two days per week learning in a real-work setting