Durango Big Picture High School

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What is Big Picture Learning?

Each student at Durango Big Picture Learning School is part of a small learning community called an advisory. Each advisory is supported and led by an advisor, a teacher that works closely with each advisee to identify their interests and personalize their learning. Each student has an internship with a mentor, learning in a real-world setting. Parents and families are actively involved in the learning process, helping to shape the student’s learning plan and enrolled as resources to the school community. The result is a student-centered learning design, where students are actively invested in their learning and challenged to pursue their interests by a supportive community of educators, professionals, and family members.

Big Picture Schools At A Glance:
  • Student as the center of learning
  • Advisory-based learning in small groups
  • Curriculum relevant to the world
  • Increase motivation
  • Teaches one student at a time
  • Each high school is a small learning community of about 120 students
  • Parents/Guardian involved in the learning in real world settings
  • An effective method of learning for many different types of students
  • Our graduation rate is 92% (compared to 52% nationally)
  • Our college acceptance rate is 95% (compared to 45% nationally)