South Shore Elementary School

Crownsville, Maryland

  • FIRM

    Rubeling & Associates


    Anne Arundel County Public Schools

  • AREA

    54,436 sq.ft.





Wetlands, ravines, waters of the U.S., and limited flat land dictated that the site determine the school’s footprint, and the interior layout adapt to satisfy the program requirements. The result: elements created from a child’s perspective, grouped spaces for shared activities, and a residential style exterior to ease the transition from home to school.

Interior ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY427COST PER SQ FT$108.38CITATIONElementary School CitationFEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio of curved glass and masonry walls identify room entries, and ceiling patterns coordinate with flooring to help children recognize their location within the school.

The gymnasium is centrally located with separate access for after-hours use and linked to the cafetorium for large capacity events. Media center and computer classroom connect for use by similar personnel, and music rooms are separated for sound control, but accessible to the stage. The administrative area serves as "control central" with full view of the bus loop and incoming visitors. Kindergarten is in the southern wing as established by site conditions for drop off/pick up and within close proximity to playgrounds. Computer and video systems are throughout the facility.

Photographer: ©Bob Creamer

"Scale of the building appropriate for an elementary; clear plan."—1998 jury