Start or Transform a School

Big Picture Learning designs and supports a network of over 60 schools across the USA, and has helped to launch over 100 more around the world, whose core focus is that personalized, real-world situated learning should be driven by student interests and internships. We have also helped many school teams that do not wish to adopt the whole BPL design, but do wish to incorporate some features and components of that design into their own.

BPL has over 20 years of experience in designing, developing, and supporting the implementation of new and repurposed schools based in whole or in part on our own design. BPL is a school developer, but does not govern and operate schools. Instead, BPL works in collaboration with school districts to establish new schools that together form the BPL School Network. BPL schools consistently achieve significant gains in attendance and performance on state and district academic assessments in essential skill areas, as well as dramatically reducing dropout and suspension/expulsion rates, increasing graduation rates, and increasing college acceptance, matriculation, and persistence.

BPL has had many remarkable successes over the past 20 years and we have gained clarity about our core competencies. We work with some of the most disenfranchised populations and disaffected students and have demonstrated success insuring that every student is given an equitable opportunity to explore their interests, pursue their passions, and realize their dreams. We do not seek to achieve equity through “sameness” and replication, but rather through close collaboration with families and communities to produce learning environments that match each individual context. We are committed to equity of opportunity, which requires a truly student-centered approach that goes beyond differentiation and customization, and values personal growth over time. And so...

We invite your school to consider adopting components of the BPL design, or the design in whole. Our mechanism for helping educators achieve this is the Big Picture Learning School Success Study.