Thomson Primary School

Brush, Colorado

Thomson Primary School serves students in preschool to second grade in a fast-growing rural community in Colorado.

The challenge for the administration was to make a big school building feel like a series of small communities for young students. The design uses color to create individual neighborhoods. The school was designed with a red “heart” and three color-coded ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONFEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms connected to the heart.

The heart includes the administration area, the library, the cafeteria and the gym. The wings are age-based communities for preschool and kindergarten (purple), first grade (blue) and second grade (green).

Education objectives for this age group are diverse, and all areas need to serve as learning spaces. Special display areas at each of the classrooms allow for shared learning among classes through project display. Children use the library to learn reading and computer skills. The multipurpose room is used as a physical-education classroom, for stage performances and for large educational assemblies. The art room is a space intended for creative exploration.