Like many urban schools across the country, the Moore Square Museums Magnet Middle School encourages a strong connection between its students and the surrounding community. Designed at the edge of a historic neighborhood, the school fosters many cultural activities. Community integration and participatory learning were central to the design of the school. By embracing CAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$107.00FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio downtown location, the school provides valuable opportunities to extend the learning environment well beyond its walls. As the name implies, the local museums provide a backbone for the magnet school experience.
Situated on the southeast corner of Moore Square, the school anchors the urban park with a large entry tower. The school is designed around several large courtyards featuring views of the city beyond. The courtyards are enclosed for security purposes, allowing students to use them as exterior learning spaces. Classrooms in the building are stacked vertically to respond to the small urban site. The gymnasium and drama room are cut into the topography at the basement level.