Kentlake Senior High School

Kent, Washington

The design of Kentlake Senior High School was conceived through a comprehensive planning effort addressing the learning process of students while also addressing community and cultural needs.

The two-story, compact plan maximizes efficiency of a difficult sloping site. Classrooms are grouped in clusters. The core of the academic area contains a technology center, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$155.78FEATURED IN1999 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAuditoriums/Music Rooms room and science labs, creating a common area for interdisciplinary teaching and study. This concept breaks down the scale of the 1,600-student high school into a more personalized, manageable program—a school-within-a-school concept.

The commons is the heart of the school. It is the social hub of the facility and provides space for food service, circulation, and a foyer for performances and athletic events.

The 600-seat auditorium is divisible into three teaching stations through revolving turntables.

Kentlake embraces a spectrum of leading-edge technology; from computers to science labs, from project and technology rooms to the Learning Resource Center. This is a school for the 21st century. More importantly, this is a facility that supports and enhances a quality education program.

Photographer: ©Kit Burns