Monroe Clark Middle School is designed for 1,500 students in grades 6-8. The school is located in the City Heights area of San Diego.
The academic house plan divides the large middle school into three schools within a school. Each school-within-a-school is called a house, and each house supports the primary academic program and administrative support areas for CAPACITY1,500COST PER SQ FT$145.50FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio 500 students.
There are three instructional clusters within a house, which can be organized to serve the same grade level, or they can be configured to support a departmentalized approach.
Designed around a central quadrangle, the courtyard supports an outdoor amphitheater, allowing the entire student body to gather at one time.
The school also is designed for community use. The amphitheater, media center, conference spaces, gymnasiums and multipurpose room have been designed to be immediately accessible by the community.
The school is designed and organized environmentally. Utilizing the temperate climate of Southern California, classrooms are designed with cross ventilation. The school is designed to exceed all Title 24 environmental criteria.