Vaux High School will provide students with a highly personalized educational program, applied learning in real-world contexts, deep and continuous relationships with parents and the community, and sustained postsecondary transition programs. Vaux High School graduates will possess the academic, social, and personal skills to successfully engage in post-secondary learning opportunities, nd employment they enjoy, and productively “give back” to their community and the world. Core approaches of Vaux High School:
• Advisory: Every student will be placed in an Advisory upon enrolling at Vaux High School. Advisories are small communities within the school that students remain with until graduation. Advisories are valuable support systems helping students develop close relationships with the advisor and their peers.
• Exhibitions: At the end of each semester, instead of taking midterm or nal exams, all students present an exhibition of their work and learning. Exhibitions provide opportunities for students’ work to be appreciated and critiqued by people whom they trust – their family members, their advisor, their real world mentors and their peers.
• Learning Through Internships (LTI): Students will participate in one-on-one internships with a mentor in the community who shares the student’s passion or career interest. Students engage in hands- on learning experiences, providing them with real-world skills and preparing them for employment upon graduation.
• Post-Secondary Focus: Each student, prior to graduation, will complete a post-secondary graduation plan, including all nancial aid requirements, at least three applications to colleges/universities or trade schools, a cover letter and a resume.
Vaux High School will foster a culture where all stakeholders, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic attainment, value each other and work together toward an interdependent, safe and nurturing community.
Vaux High School is committed to developing sports teams based on the student’s interests. Additionally all high school athletic teams are available to each student at their neighborhood comprehensive high school.
As a part of the individual learning plan, students are asked to identify and pursue their passions and students’ advisors will help identify organizations in the Philadelphia area where students can pursue those passions. Additionally, Vaux High School is committed to developing onsite clubs and extra-curricular activities based on student interest. Many Big Picture schools have offered: Art, Chess, Clay, Culinary Arts, Drama, Fitness Club, Gardening, Gay – Straight Alliance, Poetry Slam, Prom & Dance Organizers, Student Leadership, and Yearbook.
That’s why we (the United States of America) will follow the examples of places like Big Picture...that give students that individual attention, while also preparing them through real-world, hands-on training... the possibility of succeeding in a career.” – President Barack Obama in March, 2010
Coming to School: The daily attendance rates of all Big Picture four year high schools averages from 94%–97%.
Success in High School: The high school on-time graduation rate of all Big Picture four year high schools is 87%.
Success in College: Over 95% of Big Picture graduates were accepted into a four year college. 74% of Big Picture alumni were either still in college or had graduated within ve years after high school graduation.
(EPE Research Center)
Program Info:10th Grade Gateway: Every student in May of their 10th grade year will present a Gateway Exhibition where they will demonstrate the ability o: develop and complete original project work; set and follow through on goals and timeliness; and advocate for ones’ self. Upon successful completion of the Gateway Exhibition, students are invited into Senior Institute.
Senior Thesis Project: Every student over the course of their 11th and 12th grade years will develop and complete a Senior Thesis Project which will include: the successful implementation of a complex project connected to a student’s interests that spans across all core subject areas.
Dual-Enrollment: Every student will be encouraged to take advantage of a dual-enrollment program with the Community College of Philadelphia. Vaux High School students will simultaneously earn high school and college credit while beginning their college careers.