The new Raymore-Peculiar Middle School is situated on a campus with the existing high school and a freshman center, which is under construction. The middle school incorporates four learning communities, two for the seventh grade and two for the eighth grade, with two teams of four classrooms in each community. Each of the four communities can accommodate 200 to 225 CAPACITY850COST PER SQ FT$86.90FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio and has a multimedia commons as its central hub. Included at the hub are 24 computer stations, an open area for presentations and restrooms. The configuration of these communities minimizes the need for students to travel the hallways. The four communities are arranged in a half circle around centralized resources, including the media center, various labs, special-use classrooms and the administrative area.
For non-core activities, students can move easily to music, drama, physical-education or dining areas, which all are situated away from the learning communities. This also allows the communities to be secured easily after hours; the gymnasiums, locker rooms, commons tech lab and music labs can be used in the evenings and on weekends.
Both the main entry at the front and the secondary entry from the primary parking area are highly visible and inviting, and form the ends of the “main street” access through the building. To facilitate greater traffic safety, students who arrive by bus will arrive in a separate area from those who arrive by car.