We are now accepting applications for the 2020-21 academic school year for the following programs: BIG PICTURE LEARNING (BPL), ON-LINE, and OPEN DOORS. To enroll click this link: ENROLL HERE
What is BPL at QIA?
ONE STUDENT AT A TIME - The entire learning experience is personalized to each student’s interests, talents and needs. Personalization expands beyond mere academic work and involves looking at each student holistically.
ADVISORY STRUCTURE - Advisory is the core organizational and relational structure of a Big Picture Learning school, its heart and soul, often described as a “second family” by students. Students stay with an advisor and a group of fellow classmates for four years, building close personal relationships that last a lifetime.
LEARNING THROUGH INTERESTS AND INTERNSHIPS (LTIs) - Real world learning is best accomplished in the real world. Big Picture students’ intern--often twice a week for an entire school day--with experts in their field of interest, completing authentic projects and gaining experience and exposure to how their interests intersect with the real world.
PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT - Parents are welcome and valued members of the school community and play a proactive role in their children’s learning, collaborating in the planning and assessment of student work. They use their assets to support the work of the school, and often play an integral role in building relationships with potential LTI mentors.
SCHOOL CULTURE - In Big Picture schools, there is palpable trust, respect, and equality between and among students and adults. Students take leadership roles in the school, and teamwork defines the adult culture. Student voice is valued in the school decision making process and visitors are struck by the ease with which students interact with adults.
AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT - Students are assessed not by tests, but by public displays of learning that track growth and progress in the student’s area of interest. Assessment criteria are individualized to the student and the real-world standards of a project. Students present multiple exhibitions each year and discuss their learning growth with staff, parents, peers, and mentors.
SCHOOL ORGANIZATION - Schools are organized around a culture of collaboration and communication. They are not bound by the structures of buildings, schedules, bells, or calendars. There is an interdependence between school and community.
LEADERSHIP - Leadership is shared and spread between a strong, visionary principal; a dedicated, responsible team of advisors and other staff; and students. The community functions as a democracy. A pervasive sense of shared ownership drives a positive culture dedicated to ongoing improvement.
POST-SECONDARY PLANNING - Students develop plans that contribute to their future success--be it through college, trades, schools, travel, the military, or the workforce.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - Regular advisor PD is conducted at each school by principals, other school staff, and BPL staff and coaches. A Big Picture School is a community of lifelong learners who embrace continuous improvement.
What is On-line Learning at QIA?
FAST & EFFICIENT - Requirements for the online program include meeting with the online coordinator at least once a week to go over progress. Students are expected to attend the lab daily for the first two weeks when they register. Students are required to complete approximately 28 hours per week of online activity. Online students have access to the lab and any help that they may need daily until 4:00 p.m.
What is Open Doors at QIA?
RE-ENGAGEMENT - This program was established to provide services and education to older youth, ages 16-21 who are credit deficient and are looking to re-engage in school.
COMMUNITY - Encourages community partnerships.
MULTIPLE OPTIONS - Successful completion of this program can be found in many ways.
CONNECTION - Supports and readies students for post-secondary success.
If you would like general information about Quincy Innovation Academy or to get started with enrollment, please contact QIA directly at 509.787.1678 and ask for Mary.