Little School Houses

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • FIRM

    Vitetta Group


    Philadelphia School District

  • AREA

    24,000 sq.ft.





Faced with overcrowding in its elementary schools and needing more space to implement full-day preschool programs, the Philadelphia School District needed to provide new facilities for its youngest students. A decision was made to remove kindergarten and 1st graders from the elementary schools and house them, along with the full-day preschool, in new facilities to be ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY360COST PER SQ FT$158.33FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio on existing elementary school sites.

To minimize cost, the district wanted a prototype facility that would be developed in varying sizes, depending upon specific student populations, and flexible enough to be adapted to various urban site environments. The design featured a core element to which classroom modules of four classrooms each could be attached as required to meet the enrollment needs at each site. The first two installations consist of a core and three four-classroom modules.

The 6,800-square-foot core contains an entry vestibule, lobby with built-in benches and display cases, an administration suite with two private offices, staff toilets, a multipurpose room for student activities and lunch, a serving kitchen, laundry area, custodial office, and storage and mechanical rooms. Classroom modules contain four 1,028-square-foot classrooms and student toilets.

Photographer: ©Joanne Bening