South Lyon East High School’s design committee used research, best-practice models and input from students, staff, parents, school board and community members to develop the school’s philosophy: The educational process takes place in an inclusive learning community that supports the integration of academics, professional-technical pathways, and individual interests and COST PER SQ FT$193.00FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon Areas of its students.
Visitors are welcomed into the light and airy commons, which also serves as the student dropoff, social and interactive gathering space, a large collaborative academic space and cafeteria. An expansive kitchen supports all functions.
Rich wood tones, durable burnished block and earthy fabrics lend a business-like feel to the media center. Situated adjacent to the commons, the media center is available to students any time of the day. The sweeping circulation desk is placed in the middle of the space to provide access for assistance and a safe environment for learning.
A separate theater entrance and parking lot allow for evening and weekend performances without sacrificing security to the remainder of the school. Eight-hundred seats huddle around the stage, and no one is more than 90 feet from the action. The gallery-style theater creates an exciting space and destination for the community to enjoy students’ creative efforts.
One of the keys to academic success for each individual pathway is a dedicated Pathway Project Studio. There are four in the building, situated at the intersection of the academic and pathways classrooms/spaces. Tables can be arranged into countless configurations, and computers ring the outside wall.