This blog post was written by Matt Roberts, academic advisor for the Big Picture Learning High School at Covenant House Missouri. On August 22, the high school will officially open, and Matt will begin collaborating with a small group of youth to develop their individualized learning plans as part of the Big Picture model. To learn more about enrollment, contact Matt at 314.450.7685.
The United States takes pride in its foundation of freedom, individuality and revolutionary spirit and is constantly looking to learn from the past to improve the future. Yet when it comes to the educational system, there is a reliance on promoting compliance, conformity and standardization.
Here at Covenant House Missouri, we are starting a Big Picture School to better serve the community and our youth. Big Picture Learning was founded on the idea that education begins with a relationship and that the desire to learn is deeply, intrinsically human. It is the responsibility of schools to simply allow that desire to flourish with guidance and direction. Students of the Big Picture School learn on their own terms; utilizing internships, projects, exhibitions, and weekly advisories. Small classes allow our school to be agile and adapt to student needs while also giving us the ability to form strong, positive relationships with each student and their family.Supported by an internship coordinator, mentor, advisor, peers, and family, each student has a team of advocates ready and willing to assist in each student’s individual success.
We are excited and ready for the school year to begin. If you or someone you know would like to be a part of our new high school, then feel free to call, email, run, walk, dance, or fly out to Covenant House Missouri and take a look at the bigger picture!