Lewis and Clark High School

Vancouver, Washington

  • FIRM

    LSW Architects, PC


    Vancouver Public Schools

  • AREA

    265,000 sq.ft.





Collaborative planning for Lewis and Clark High School began with several workshops to envision secondary education for the 21st century. A core team of students, staff and community members worked with architects to develop the program and facility design.

Lewis and Clark emphasizes personalized education with a focus on academic, personal and career-related skills. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY200COST PER SQ FT$136.00CITATIONHigh School CitationFEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio commit to individual learning contracts, and must demonstrate what they know and are able to do. Three daily schedules are offered: morning, afternoon and evening.

The facility supports project-based learning, and with its small size helps create a close sense of community. Conference spaces are available for one-on-one guidance sessions, and distributed technology provides research tools, access to student achievement data and computer-aided instruction.

A large multipurpose room serves as a gymnasium and performance area. The school offers quick-service meal options, and students are involved in food planning and preparation. Students, staff, parents and visitors enter near the main office to maximize campus security.

The school was established, nestled among trees, in a park-like setting near Vancouver’s urban core to afford ease of access via city transportation. The setting not only provides solace for the students but also a natural environmental-study opportunity.

The building itself is one of high environmental consideration, both in its inherent construction and in its low impact on energy consumption.

Photographer: ©Janis Miglav

"Flexible, flowing, creative space...a facility that facilitates learning."—1999 jury