About Us

Big Picture Twin Cities is centered around the primary pillars of personalized learning, college preparation, and real-world experience.


Personalized Learning

At Big Picture Twin Cities, we know that every student is an individual – with unique strengths, needs, passions, and interests – and we believe that their education should reflect that. Every BPTC student has an individually-tailored learning plan designed uniquely for them. We meet each student where they are in their learning with work that challenges them to grow. We guide students to expand their knowledge, deepen understanding, explore their interests, and think critically.

College Preparation

At Big Picture Twin Cities we work to ensure that every student is prepared for success in college. We prepare students academically through rigorous, standards-based learning, with targeted math, reading, and writing skill development. We build students into strong communicators and thinkers through projects, problem solving, and presentations of their work. Students also have access to technology and develop essential research and technological skills through their school work.

Real-World Experience

The Big Picture Learning network is committed to preparing students for college and a career by allowing students to explore their interests in fields of work and study. In high school, students are engaged in real-world internships in a field of work they are interested in pursuing in their futures. Students are mentored in their work, complete meaningful work projects, and develop important professional skills. Middle school students at Big Picture Twin Cities will have opportunities to visit job sites and learn from professionals about different career fields. They will also grow a value for the surrounding community through school-wide service projects and community engagement.


The Big Picture Learning Network


Big Picture Twin Cities is part of the Big Picture Learning network, an international network of schools. Big Picture boasts some of the highest success rates in the nation. Big Picture Learning has expanded its presence to hundreds of schools across the country, and to schools in 11 countries globally.

Starting 20 years ago with just one school – The Met – in Providence, Rhode Island, Big Picture was noticed for its personalized approach and innovative school model. The school caught the attention of the Bill Gates Foundation and was awarded a grant to open 50 new Big Picture schools across the country. Even President Barack Obama pointed to Big Picture as a leader in school success, saying “That’s why we’ll follow the example of places like the Met Center in Rhode Island that give students that individual attention, while also preparing them through real-world, hands-on training the possibility of succeeding in a career.”


Big Picture Graduation Rate: 95%

Big Picture College Acceptance Rate: 90%


Big Picture Twin Cities Mission and Vision 

Our Mission

Big Picture Twin Cities, in partnership with Big Picture Learning, will build on the unique strengths and self-knowledge of its diverse student body and staff through a rigorous, competency-based system that balances support with flexibility and personalized, student-directed learning with high academic standards, thereby ensuring all students are on a path to graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in their chosen colleges and careers.

Our Vision

Big Picture Twin Cities will prove that all students, regardless of their socio-economic status, zip code, or background, when provided with a rigorous and personalized middle school education, will be on a path predictive of graduating from high school and achieving success in college. Every BPTC student will graduate with the sense of empowerment and personal responsibility necessary to be a positive and innovative force for change in the world, and will use their skills and knowledge to positively participate in a democracy and a global economy in innovative and personally meaningful ways.