Rockwall Heath Ninth Grade Center and Rockwall Ninth Grade Center, Rockwall ISD
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Based on demographic projections, Rockwall ISD will experience 21% growth by 2030, prompting the need for two new future-ready high schools. In the meantime, to prepare for future growth and alleviate current overcrowding, the district needed two new ninth-grade centers as additions to their current high schools – one for Rockwall High School and one for Rockwall Health High Schools. The two new schools are planned to integrate with the two comprehensive 9-12 grade high schools in the future.
Creating a clear, defined entrance and promoting a shared sense of pride will create direct correlations to the existing high schools. The two centers will prepare ninth graders with academic and career-ready skills to collaborate and think critically in a positive, empathetic, and supportive environment.
State-of-the-art, accessible, and flexible, each center has open spaces with group seating areas, lounges, and tech centers to create opportunities for hands-on learning and encourage collaboration. Areas for both individual and group activities will support the transition from middle school to high school, building connections and empathy with others and offering possibilities for social interaction.
Access to outdoor spaces provides areas for respite, restoration, and connection to nature to promote mental health and wellbeing. Supporting sports and extra-curricular activities, the ninth-grade centers have core spaces, practice fields, and fine arts areas.
A series of over 40 focus groups composed of students, parents, community members, teachers, and district administrators provided input, helping to envision the future of Rockwall ISD to meet the curriculum’s high standards of academic achievement and prepare students for generations to come.