Sparta Middle School

Sparta, New Jersey

  • FIRM

    DMR Architects

  • CLIENT

    Sparta Township Public Schools

  • AREA

    133,000 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $18,092,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    8/1999

Sparta Middle School is a new two-story facility in rural Sparta, N.J. The purpose of the new facility is to provide space for a growing population.

The program for the school was based on a house plan in which each grade, 5 to 8, has its own identifiable area. Each grade also has its own separate entrances, and within the house plan, each grade is divided into two ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$136.00FEATURED IN2000 Architectural Portfolio that are color-coded for identity. This program allows for a large population in the school, but keeps a more “homey” environment where children will not feel lost or overwhelmed.

The symmetrically designed school has two circular-shaped sides and a separate gymnasium and cafeteria attached at the rear of the building. It includes four regular classrooms, six science rooms and several common areas, such as the gymnasium, cafeteria and library/media center. The school also features specialized classrooms for small-group instruction, music, home economics and computer technologies. Classrooms are equipped with computers and Internet access to allow for the integration of technology into the curriculum.

Photographer: ©James F. DiMauro