Big Picture College and Career Academy guides students to explore their personal interests and passions through engaging, authentic, and rigorous experiences.
At Big Picture College and Career Academy, students experience a college-preparatory environment balancing classes, seminars, independent and real-world learning through professional internships, business studies, and access to college courses. Freshman students begin their academic career at Big Picture with a business and entrepreneurship program that introduces them to all sides of business organization, creation and management. Sophomores, juniors and seniors hone their leadership, business and entrepreneurship skills with real-world learning at an internship site two days per week.
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
Independent projects and learning
Learning Through Volunteering (LTV)
Part of a small learning advisory (approx. 20 students)
One-on-one meetings with advisor
Business management and entrepreneurship program every Tuesday and Thursday for 9th graders
Large-group and small-group volunteering
Job Interviews and Professional Shadowing
Internships - two days per week in a real-work setting for 10th – 12th grade students