Following a complete re-evaluation of its approach to middle school instruction, the district commissioned a new comprehensive middle school for 1,200 students that would reflect a new focus on smaller learning communities and team-teaching.
The main challenge was to create a personalized learning experience within a very large building. Academic houses are CAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$124.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio incrementally, with strategically grouped classrooms, single-loaded corridors and lockers creating self-contained teams of 130 students. Centrally situated computer labs and project rooms encourage collaboration and group exploration. An open commons in each wing acts as a gathering place for socializing and displaying student work.
A “fourth wing,” composed of exploratory classrooms and labs, allows students to pursue individual interests. A vibrant cafeteria with a tiled mural and a 52-foot obelisk tower with gallery-style seating provide unique spaces for students to engage in individual study. Shared-use facilities, including three gymnasiums, a 550-seat auditorium and music/art rooms, support extracurricular activities.
The Creekside conceptual plan is being integrated into both of the district’s existing middle schools through a series of renovations and remodeling.