Roosevelt is the first district to be "taken over" by the New York State Department of Education. The guiding principle for this new school was to embrace sustainability in terms of quality, durability, efficiency, technology and flexibility. The site also was rezoned to situate the school prominently with the objective of it becoming a CAPACITY665COST PER SQ FT$241.00FEATURED IN2011 Architectural Portfolio landmark.
The expectation that the school be transparent is shown in the design of the exposed two-story main lobby, which is used for student displays. The school’s layout features small learning communities with a "student street" linking the lobby, classroom clusters, cafeteria and gymnasium/auditorium. The school’s proud tradition in the arts now has proper classrooms and gallery spaces. A richness of color and pattern was introduced in the glazed masonry and floor patterns to assist with wayfinding for students.
A "village hub" was created where the visual and musical arts; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) project room; and resource and computer labs flank the bridge that connects to the classroom clusters. The design’s commitment to small-team learning, technology and hands-on experiential projects has transformed the curriculum in a way that is limitless for student inquiry and discovery.