Highland Lakes School

Glendale, Arizona

  • FIRM

    DLR Group


    Deer Valley Unified School District No. 97

  • AREA

    124,840 sq.ft.





The Deer Valley Unified School District is one of the faster growing K-12 districts in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Three critical goals were met for this 1,200-student, K-8 campus:

-All classrooms have natural light and easy access to the common classrooms.

-A large entry canopy and colorful curved wall welcome and guide visitors toward the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$99.00CITATIONSpecialized Facility CitationFEATURED IN2001 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized lobby.

-Materials and colors are durable, vandal-resistant and harmonious with the surrounding neighborhood and desert areas.

The design concept organizes the middle school and elementary school around large, central courtyards. The central courtyard contains a grassy amphitheater, which backs up to the stage within the multipurpose building. Shared-use facilities are situated between the two schools.

Classrooms are then organized around a smaller entry/teaching courtyard that divides the middle school into two houses. Common classrooms, such as art and computer rooms and the teacher center, are adjacent to this entry courtyard.

Two middle school classroom buildings wrap around the central courtyard, which contains an experimental habitat for native plants and animals.

"Nice building forms, colors and exterior spaces. An appealing, multipurpose program for K-8 that accommodates the environment."--2001 jury