Metropolitan Learning Center for Global and International Studies

Bloomfield, Connecticut

  • FIRM

    Kaestle Boos Associates


    Capitol Region Education Council

  • AREA

    147,000 sq.ft.





The Metropolitan Learning Center Magnet School operates through a partnership of educators, business leaders, parents and students to provide a forum where students of diverse backgrounds have the opportunity to better understand the cultural, linguistic, political and business perspectives of the global community in order to be better prepared citizens in the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$145.00FEATURED IN2002 Educational Interiors2002 Architectural PortfolioINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms workplace.

The Learning Center accommodates 750 students in grades 6 through 12. Students come from six school districts and are organized in seven houses. Programs are separated for middle and high school students; however, core facilities are shared, encouraging older students to mentor younger ones. Each student has a laptop computer and access to wireless global communications. The school uses a varied teaching format, including an extended school day.

Each self-sustaining house, representing a single grade and identified through its own color and pattern, has five classrooms, a collaborative faculty work area, an independent study/conference room, student lockers and storage. Several houses feature folding partitions to allow for an entire grade to meet together. Each classroom has wireless data connections, an electronic whiteboard, LCD projector and a surround-sound system.