The new Keifer Alternative School in Springfield, Ohio, is a K-12 building that was designed under the Ohio School Facilities Commission program guidelines. This facility is designed to serve 360 students.
This facility houses an alternative-education program for at-risk high school students to earn credits toward graduation and re-enter traditional high school. CAPACITY361COST PER SQ FT$112.70FEATURED IN2007 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized also provides the learning base in the Springfield City Schools for identified and placed ED (emotionally disturbed) students in grades K to 12.
The building is designed around the diagnostic center, which is the focal point of the campus. The students entering the program are assessed in the center, and a prescriptive learning plan is then developed for each student. The implementation of these plans necessitated designing flexible learning environments.
The building is designed with varying sizes of classrooms to accommodate the need for flexibility, including four classrooms with operable partitions. Two classroom wings, one with a courtyard, are designed around the shared core facilities that include the cafetorium, multipurpose room, locker rooms, exercise room and computer labs.