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Our Mission

As part of the national Big Picture Learning network, which successfully serves at-risk youth in more than 60 schools nationwide, Big Picture Philadelphia provides transformative educational experiences for under-served youth. 

Sierre, Jose, and Selena aboard the AJ MeerwaldIn 2009, Big Picture Philadelphia opened El Centro de Estudiantes, a successful alternative high school in the Kensington section of North Philadelphia, serving 200 students who are over-age, under-credited, and about two years behind or โ€œoff track.โ€


In September 2017, a Big Picture high school will open in the Sharswood/Blumberg neighborhood. This new four-year high school will serve 500 students who have graduated 8th grade on time and are looking for a proven, internship-based, college preparatory experience.