Big Picture High School-Fresno is a new public charter school located in Old Historic Fresno. BPHS-Fresno is a School of Choice offering a college/career prep program for all students. Students are able to pursue their passions through project based instruction and community internships.
Our goal is to use internship and rigorous, interest-based projects to immerse students in work they are passionate about in order to develop the skills, habits and knowledge to succeed in higher education, overcome obstacles to their well-being, and contribute positively to their communities. This mission is implemented one student at a time within a supportive network of stuff, students, parents and community partners.
Big Picture High School is a project and interest based school where students can pursue their passion while also meeting the state academic standards and the UC (a-G) requirements. The school philosophy is to serve student " One Student at a Time". We have internship in the community, where students work with a community mentor in an area of their interest and then complete a project around the work they are doing at the internship. Students have personal learning plans that are developed with the student, parent, advisor/teacher, and mentor. These plans are reviewed quarterly after the student's exhibition of learning. After this, the student revise their personal learning plans. Parents are families are actively involved in the learning process, helping to shape the student's learning plan and are enrolled as resources to the school community. The result is a student-centered learning design, where students are actively invested in their learning and are challenge to pursue their interests by a supportive community of educators, professionals, and family members.
Each student at a Big Picture High School is part of a small learning community of 20 or less students called an advisory. The advisor, a teacher who works with this small group of students for the duration of their high school experience, assists the student with their instructional programs and builds a relationship with each student and the students family. Each students works closely with his or her advisor to identify interests and personalize learning. The advisory become a "home away from home" for the student.
Our Internship Program or LTI (Learning Through Internship/Interests), is a key component to our students's education. Projects are build around and for their LTIs. Each student, 9-12, is expected to actively pursue and participate in an LTI while enrolled at Big Picture High School. We have a school day during the week dedicated to our LTI program. This is where students go out into the community and work at their LTI sites. This helps our students gain real world knowledge and experience. We have a team of educators that are here to help each student succeed in their respective LTIs. Out asvisors and LTI coordinators work closely with students and their families to find the right fit for each individual.
At Big Picture High School out hands-on, project-based, deeper learning instructional model intentionally utilizes real-word scenarios to enhance student' Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Problem Solving skills needed for life and in our current and future work environment. We also use our project-based approach to connect with businesses and service organization whenever possible.
Culture can be hard to measure in schools, but is an area of great importance if lifelong learning is to take place. At Big Picture High School, our is a culture of performance, respect and trust that permeates at all levels of the school. From the students, to teachers, to administrative assistant, to the campus security and the administrators, we all are responsible fro performing at our best on a daily basis. We expect everyone to treat others with the utmost respect. We also expect our facilities to be treated with respect. we give each other the space and right to fail. We trust in each other learning from our failures, be resilient and keep growing.