Graham Elementary School

Saint Paris, Ohio

Graham Local School District in rural Ohio is named for A.B. Graham, founder of the 4-H agricultural program. Covering more than 185 square miles, Graham is one of the largest districts in the state.

To better serve the needs of this large district, a new Graham Elementary School was designed to replace ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,040COST PER SQ FT$124.28FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio K-5 schools, Graham South and Graham North. The school accommodates 1,040 students with seven classrooms for each grade level in separate pods. Each grade includes a 900-square-foot special-education classroom with operable partitions. A common extended-learning area is shared among students in each grade to enhance interaction and learning within a community space.

Color distinctions in corridors provide a visual pathway for younger students to navigate their way to classrooms. Primary colors are featured throughout the interior design of grades K to 2, and grades 3 to 5 are highlighted by a vibrant secondary color scheme.

A naturally lighted media center provides a stimulating environment for young students to learn and grow into a bright future.