Elementary - CTE/STEM/VPA/STEAM - Education

Dove Mountain K-8 CSTEM School – Marana USD

Marana USD Dove Mountain K-8 CSTEM School

  • Size: 98,000 SF
  • Number of Students: 773
  • Services: Full planning, architectural and interior design services
  • Project Type: New Construction

The kindergarten through eighth-grade school for Marana USD will integrate computer, science, technology, engineering, and math (CSTEM) into every class and subject taught. It will expose students to practical hands-on lessons, which have direct relevance to real-world challenges. The kindergarten through fifth-grade students are introduced to CSTEM subject matter in a practical manner using experimentation, while grades sixth through eighth have the opportunity to focus deeper on CSTEM concepts that peek their interest. This natural curiosity about the world can develop into a lasting interest in these fields. The school building design is a celebration of student-driven learning and making. Large, highly visible and collaborative maker spaces line the heart, or the Arroyo, of the building, fostering student awareness of the work being done by their peers. All classrooms at each grade level will have direct access to their exterior outdoor learning area, which allows students to “get their hands dirty” with classroom projects. Common student areas and circulation are crafted to allow for some separation between elementary and middle school students while maintaining connectivity and a sense of community. The site-responsive building acts as a teaching tool, highlighting the natural ecosystems of the site and respecting the natural landscape.