Me – We – Community
The theme of “community” was important in creating a culture of learning, social/emotional growth, and awareness beyond school. Spaces of varying sizes were designed to support communities of learners, providing options for working independently (me), in small groups (we), or in multi-grade groups (community). Classrooms for 4th–5th grade are designed to nurture the individual spirit of the child, while introducing opportunities for small group interaction. Classrooms for 6th grade provide a transition to prepare children for increased collaboration and autonomy. Lastly, 7th–8th grade classrooms provide additional opportunities for students to connect with each other and the broader school community.
A Hard-Working Commons
The unique ‘Village Commons’ blends the library, dining, and performance spaces to nurture community collaboration. To accommodate individual styles of learning and “maker” activities, a variety of age-specifc furniture supports student fexibility and activates the space. A learning stair provides additional seating to accommodate larger groups in front of the performance stage.
Movable theatre seating accommodates 275 people when the wall is closed, and up to 400 people with chairs/risers added in the dining area. Casual seating on the learning stair offers 70 additional seats for performances or graduation. The folding partition connects the school’s past with its future by featuring archived imagery with today’s students.
Designed around the concept of connectedness, grades are organized into three academic neighborhoods based on children’s developmental needs.
2018 Exceptional Planning Recognition, LESolutions Planning & Design Awards, Association for Learning Environments
2018 Project of Distinction, New Building, Excellence in the Design of Educational Environments, Illinois Association of School Boards
2018 Grand Prize Award, Excellence in Educational Design, New Construction/Addition, Combined-Level School, Learning By Design