Sunset Ridge Middle School

West Jordan, Utah

  • FIRM

    VCBO Architecture


    Jordan School District

  • AREA

    186,000 sq.ft.





The program resulted in a floor plan divided into five primary academic houses; each house contains multiple curriculum subjects to facilitate multi-topic teaching.

Further, this school-within-a-school concept divides the 1,500-student population into smaller, more intimate learning families. Three of the houses accommodate core subjects, where students “live” for ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,500COST PER SQ FT$103.00CITATIONMiddle School CitationFEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio of the school day, leaving only to attend electives or to eat lunch. The fourth and fifth houses contain elective programs. Each color-themed house has a logo and name, and incorporates two collaboration centers surrounded by classrooms.

The collaboration centers encourage team-teaching and group work, and enable interdisciplinary subjects to be taught with an integrated, collaborative approach. Each house includes a centralized teacher-prep space for planning and critical decisionmaking.

The classrooms incorporate integrated audio enhancement and ceiling-mounted projection of media, (linked to the instructor’s laptop). Wireless access points throughout the facility allow on-demand laptop use. A sustainable ground-source heating and cooling system is part of the design.

"Elegant planning of small learning communities. Easy-to-understand plan with well-thought-out spaces and details."--2006 jury