Owatonna High School, Options Program

Owatonna, Minnesota

The Owatonna High School Options Program offers a fresh approach to education for students who want more accountability and ownership over their learning. Students, together with their parents and a guide, create a personalized plan based on their interests and goals. The Options Program fosters creativity, increases critical thinking, enriches ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMClark EngineeringCAPACITY180COST PER SQ FT$46.87FEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation and creates a greater sense of purpose.

Minor alterations of an existing pod of classrooms has provided a variety of flexible learning environments. Removing walls between staff planning and break areas improves student andstaff interaction. Re-proportioning classrooms allows for large groups, smaller collaboration and a broadcast studio. Full-height glass panels create a welcoming open entry. Contemporary upgraded finishes, color tackable surfaces and inspiring graphics provide high impact. Technology upgrades support learner-centered education and collaboration using laptops, interactive display boards, wireless connections, projectors, cameras and printers.

Technology and furniture create inviting, flexible learning spaces for teamwork, large/small groups, lecture/presentation and socialization. A variety of mobile and adjustable furniture quickly transforms rooms. Modular and ergonomic furniture, along with lounge pieces, supports technology and encourages flexibility.