Goals for this new grade 7-12 school were to support curriculum priorities and to provide individual identities organized as "academies" for grades 7-8, grades 9-10, humanities, STEM and arts. The school should include various programs as a living sustainable/green laboratory. The site offers opportunities for the school as the "town center," zoned CAPACITY1,300COST PER SQ FT$215.96FEATURED IN2014 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress after-hours community use.
Perkins Academy is organized on two levels to foster site conservation, age level “soft” separations and grade level identity. The academic core is organized into four specialized academies with flexible learning studios supported by an interactive technology and media-rich “knowledge center.” Students receive structured lessons within the learning studios and then transfer to the knowledge center for collaborative activities with their peers. Adjacent faculty planning centers encourage interaction between students and faculty. The school’s exposed systems serve as a teaching tool, allowing students to study energy usage.
“Learning streets” connect the academies, culminating in an interior commons area. The area offers “friendly supervision” and serves as an after-hours communal space with access to performing arts, aquatics, gymnasium and dining.