Burlington High School’s Big Picture program epitomizes self-directed learning: students create their own personalized curriculums, forgoing traditional tests and grades. Each year, participating students incorporate their interests into year-long independent projects that help them develop knowledge and skills. The program is intended to help motivate students and enable them to “learn while gaining real-world experiences,” like building a cider press for a science fair, designing clothing, or opening a cafe with a group of peers. Like ApprenNet, Big Picture places great emphasis on self-assessment, feedback, and mentoring: throughout the year, students are mentored by advisors, parents, peers, and working professionals. At the end of the semester, students give a presentation to peers, parents, and the public, and receive feedback.