This new 190,000-square-foot school is designed to accommodate fifth to eighth grades, and up to 1,200 students. The number of new students didn’t warrant the district building two new schools, so it opted to combine the middle and intermediate education programs into one.
This state-of-the-art facility, designed for COST PER SQ FT$168.00CITATIONBronze CitationFEATURED IN2011 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms certification, includes the most technologically advanced computer and IT systems available; blends traditional teaching programs with team-teaching concepts; and incorporates energy-efficient systems such as geothermal heating/cooling, daylight harvesting and solar-controlled sun louvers.
Developing an environment that allows for collaborative teaching and learning was important to the district. These learning conditions and the need for separation between the age groups drove the classroom wings to be more "podular" than conventional linear design, allowing for more teaching opportunities. Project-based learning has been utilized to varying degrees in every grade level.
Other innovative ideas were presented by the district, including the concept of utilizing technology as a tool for learning. These and other options provide more flexibility and opportunities for instruction and learning.
"The interactive classroom is innovative. Very cool!"--2011 jury