Creating house environments to encourage cross-curricula learning.
The innovative and educational sixth through eighth grade facility is designed in a vertical house structure, creating five separate houses. Each house has non-traditional classrooms, blended labs that provide large flexible spaces, a makerspace, a private planning room, and science labs. This design concept enables students to form small communities and strong ties to others within their house. Students can move freely between the three common areas, promoting cross-house collaboration and sharing of ideas. The campus also includes a fabrication lab that provides space for student exploration within the building and connects to a fabrication courtyard, which allows larger projects such as solar cars to be built. The adaptable library features large walls that open and extend into the building, integrating with the student’s travel path, and large central learning stair. Collaborative areas for faculty are grouped into a large professional development lab, providing teacher resources and group spaces outside of the house structure.