Prairie Point Elementary School

Kansas City, Missouri

  • FIRM

    ACI Boland Architects


    Park Hill School District

  • AREA

    64,360 sq.ft.





Park Hill School District’s newest elementary school is a place where imaginations flourish. The school is designed as a state-of-the-art learning center for tomorrow’s leaders.

There are three themes carried throughout Prairie Point—Imaginations, Innovations, and Explorations. These themes are incorporated in pods and are emphasized by colorful signs and billboards ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$85.89FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio1998 Educational Interiors "Kid Street"—the main corridors—continuing into the classrooms. Architectural wayfinding elements are present at each intersection of the main corridor.

A strong organizational design is seen in the pod concept with a central media center. Bright colors—including periwinkle, teal, and raspberry—distinguish each pod from the others. Cooperative learning commons areas are located in each pod. These areas can accommodate an entire grade level for educational programs.

While the school is designed to focus on the students’ learning, it also allows for ease of staff cooperation and supervision. The majority of the school can be observed from the front door and within each pod commons area.

Photographer: Michael Spillers