Our History

The Big Picture Company (USA) was founded by educators Dennis Littky and Elliot Washor in 1995 and aims to catalyse vital changes in urban education by generating and sustaining innovative and personalised schooling. Dennis and Elliot began collaborating with national policymakers to design a student-centred high school and created the Big Picture Company (BPC) as the launching pad for what has now become a national education reform movement. The first Big Picture School, The Met Center, was launched in 1996 with 50 students in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Over a decade later, The Met is now made up of a group of eight small Big Picture schools. There are also nearly 50 Big Picture schools in systems of small schools across the USA, The Netherlands and now Australia, has joined them.