A.V. Cato Elementary School, Replacement School

Fort Worth, Texas

  • FIRM

    WRA Architects


    Castleberry Independent School District

  • AREA

    96,000 sq.ft.





A new 96,000-square-foot school serving up to 750 students initially in grades pre-K-5 with core elements designed for expansion up to 900 students.


This school's original building, built in 1950, had outlived its useful life. Repairs and upgrades were no longer the most economical solution. Furthermore, the school was located too near ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY900COST PER SQ FT$136.92FEATURED IN2014 Architectural Portfolio district's other elementary school, while other parts of town were unserved by a school and separated by a major thoroughfare.


The district had not built a new elementary school since the 1950s, and this campus had grown to 1,500 students. The plan was to construct a new elementary school (Cato) on a separate site across town, then reconfigure the current site with a second new school as an on-site replacement.


This project is the new A. V. Cato Elementary, which opened in the fall of 2012. It serves grades pre-K-5 on a new site more equitably serving the community. Spaces in the new school include the cafetorium, gym, clinic, media center/library, multipurpose room, 38 regular classrooms, plus classrooms for music, art, special education, and two computer labs.