This new, 900 student Ohio Designated STEM school is designed to reinforce collaboration. The academic heart of the school is organized into 8 teams for delivery of its core curriculum– math, science, social studies, and language arts. These houses contain learning studios for more structured delivery methods and adjacent collaboration centers for individualized and group activities. These collaboration areas are open, flexible spaces interlaced with a series of glassed-in special projects’ rooms – all outfitted with mobile furniture and seamless access to technology systems. Centrally placed and adjacent to the student occupied spaces are teacher planning areas which facilitate further interaction, socialization, and collaboration of teachers and staff. An engaging use of color was thread throughout to support an autonomous and authentic student experience.
Between these Collaboration Centers is a Knowledge Center (on both levels). The Knowledge Center is a flexible space which includes a variety of utilities, storage, and furnishings specifically allocated for STEM projects and research activities. Adjacent to this indoor space is access to an outdoor learning studio to support additional STEM activities. This school does not include a conventional media center space – the Collaboration and Knowledge Centers serve this function in a more flexible and dynamic fashion for all students.
Another major feature of this new school is a dynamic multi-purpose venue for dining, presentation, and performance functions. This space includes terraced platforms to improve site lines for informal theatrical and assembly events.