El Centro de Estudiantes

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School Culture

At El Centro de Estudiantes High School, our students are the heart of our work. Our model employs small class sizes of no more than 18 students, with each having their own individualized education plan. Students maintain the same advisory (classroom) and advisor (teacher) throughout their enrollment, and we practice restorative justice in order to build a positive community in and out of the classroom. Each day begins with Circle Up, a process that ensures students' voices are heard, their opinions valued, and their ideas supported. 
Big Picture Philadelphia operates differently than your typical high school. We value project-based learning and de-emphasize tests. This means that throughout the school year, students participate in projects meant to thoroughly engage them in their academics, and present their work to their peers and the community at the end of each semester. By practicing mock interviews and gaining first-hand real-world experience, each day presents something new and exciting for students that challenges them to be their best.
El Centro de Estudiantes High School is for students who have previously disengaged from high school. We invite you to learn more about what we're about and consider joining us (enrollment information here). We offer several in-school programs, sports, and extracurricular activities for students, which you can learn more about here and here.
Finally, we know that hard work pays off, but we also know how to have fun. Check out some of our favorite highlights from the past year!