Arabia Mountain High School, situated in Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area in Lithonia, Ga., is on track to become Georgia’s first LEED-certified public high school.
The classrooms face north and south, featuring large expanses of glass that let in significant amounts of natural light and maximize energy efficiency. Bioswales CAPACITY1,600COST PER SQ FT$167.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio the building capture rain water from the roof drains and clean water runoff before returning it to the natural stream system. Brick and metal panels clad the facade, providing a fresh look for this sustainable high school. High-performance glass and overhangs minimize energy consumption.
The building is divided into three smaller learning communities (SLC) designed with flexibility to accommodate a variety of teaching methodologies. In an effort to create a curriculum that incorporates the school’s sustainability features, the faculty worked with the State Education and Environment Roundtable in developing an EIC Model Program. This focuses on using local, natural and community surroundings as a context for inter-connecting all educational practices into a comprehensive school-improvement strategy, as well as establishing a context for standards-based instruction.