“You will feel the incredible energy as soon as you enter the building. During ‘passing time’ as students move to their classes, you will hear talk, talk and more talk. You will feel the tension that comes from the kids’ feeling of being torn between a desire for adventure and yearning for the familiar. You will see deep concentration, studiousness and meticulous COST PER SQ FT$133.00FEATURED IN2002 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas to detail. You will feel curiosity and see the creativity. You will also see total absorption in the pursuit of learning.”
That charge from the educational specifications was the genesis of this middle school. A central commons provides focus for all members of the school community. All subject and support areas gather around the commons—academic teams, art, music, athletics and administration—no group is “down the hall.” The commons itself contains the media center, cafeteria and a courtyard—all designed to allow students choices of activity. Each academic team, in turn, has its own team area that supports the creation of smaller communities of collaborative learners.