Ronald E. McNair Middle School

Decatur, Georgia

  • FIRM



    Fulton County Schools

  • AREA

    187,180 sq.ft.





The new middle school prototype for Fulton County Schools introduces a new way to think about education and the spaces in which it takes place. Little’s design uses the Immersive Learningscape concept, a flexible, interdisciplinary project-based learning environment supported through the following learning space typologies:
Think. Small, intimate spaces provide an ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMStevens & Wilkinson (Associated Firm), Jacobs (City/County Project Manager)COST PER SQ FT$168.50FEATURED IN2016 Educational Interiors ShowcaseINTERIOR CATEGORYClassrooms to analyze, investigate, think and digest information.
Create. These spaces allow for flexibility of engagement and multiplicity of programming as well as interactive and collaborative learning.
Discover. This environment is designed for learning through hands-on experiences and exploration, enabling learning in which specific equipment is necessary.
Impart. These spaces accommodate larger group gatherings, yet feature break-out zones for smaller team areas and operable partitions.
Exchange. This space becomes communal space, an environment shared among students, guests and the community at large. Rendered as a vertical space, this dynamic area unites all learning academies.
The grade wings have been further reduced into learning neighborhoods, where teaching teams of five can co-plan and co-teach through integrated lessons. The traditional media center has been converted into an environment of exchange and discovery, and the circulation desk has been re-purposed as a “genius bar,” where students can seek guidance from “expert” leaders.
The design of this prototype, which will be a model for future schools in the district, is the result of a unique and extensive design charrette that took place at the onset of the project.
More than 40 participants representing teachers and principals, technology and media specialists, administrators and operators, and planners and program directors assembled to establish a vision, discover new knowledge, and create concepts for new centers of learning.