Wayzata High School

Plymouth, Minnesota

Wayzata High School is dedicated to preparing a community of learners to live compassionately, to challenge the unknown, to know the past and to create the future. The steering committee was able to develop and build consensus for the direction of this new high school designed to enhance educational delivery, including these themes from the vision statement: ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY3,000COST PER SQ FT$88.00CITATIONHigh School CitationFEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio atmosphere; allow flexibility; focus on quality; sense of community; maintain naturalness; pragmatic.

The real-life application of these themes becomes evident when breaking down the large school into a smaller, human scale, while encouraging the best practices for lifelong learning with a focus on academic excellence.

Spatial relationships enhance learning environments and create opportunities for students, staff and community. Creating smaller communities of students imparts a sense of belonging and security in the large building.

Eight 400-student houses contain flexible classroom and lab clusters to deliver departmental, interdisciplinary and theme instruction. Students are able to set goals and challenge themselves as they implement their personal plan for progress.

Flexible classroom clusters can evolve with changes in methods of delivery, and offer a sense of community and belonging to students, while maintaining the flexibility of multiple uses, variety within the classroom arrangement and zoning for after-hours use.

The building can be zoned for multiple community uses in the evening and weekends to ensure building security and maximize facility use.

Photographer: ©Ralph Berlowitz

"Nice use of clusters and separation of public functions...great flow, exterior and interior."—1999 jury