Chicago Public Schools, National Teachers Academy, Professional Development School

Chicago, Illinois

  • FIRM

    DeStefano and Partners Ltd.


    Public Building Commission of Chicago for CPS

  • AREA

    162,500 sq.ft.





This school is unique within the Chicago Public Schools system and in the nation. A four-story elementary school building for grades pre-K to 8 also serves as a showcase for professional teachers’ training, an important component of the school district’s plan for strengthening and augmenting its faculty base.

To accommodate this function, the program called for such ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$180.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized as observation facilities, conference/training centers for online access and distance-learning opportunities, resource rooms and wiring of all classrooms for audio-video observation. Teaching and support spaces for the 750-student school include 30 classrooms, science, teaching and computer labs, art and music rooms, a media room, student and professional libraries, an administrative area and a multipurpose/dining room with kitchen.

Another unique component of the complex is a two-story community center, which is connected to the academic building by an enclosed pedestrian bridge spanning the street. The center houses a gymnasium, natatorium and daycare facilities for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years.