Big Picture Philadelphia

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Our Mission

Big Picture Philadelphia provides transformative educational experiences for under-served high school youth through proven, sustainable educational practices and, in so doing, contributes to Philadelphia’s city-wide educational reform efforts.  We are proud members of the national Big Picture Learning network, which successfully serves at-risk youth in more than 60 schools nationwide.

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 “off track.” This will be our 10th year!


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