A new middle school designed with flexibility in mind.
Sparta Middle School is on a journey to transform their educational model. The school is transitioning from a traditional departmentalized curriculum to an interdisciplinary delivery method. Our designers met the challenge of combining the needs of both by creating multi-use learning environments that the school calls “neighborhoods.” Each neighborhood includes a commons area which allows for collaborative learning and areas that work for smaller groups and individualized instruction.
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Movable furniture highlights a truly flexible STEM experience, complete with internal breakout / research spaces, a shared prep room, and access to their own extended learning area.
Washed in natural light with views to outdoor patio and recreation spaces, the café functions as a flexible third space, able to perform as a lunch space, a presentation space, and even a community space.
Circulation can occupy about 30% of a building, by utilizing these spaces for learning, we were able to provide students the opportunity to collaborate in an open flexible environment that extends beyond the classroom.
The ever-evolving nature of the media center / library and its relationship to print and digital media, offers a variety of challenges as we look to the future and what these spaces should look like. The design focused on flexibility and natural light, in a way that connects the two neighborhoods as the central hub of learning and exploration.
Education could look very different in 10 years, let alone 50. Project based spaces offer maximum flexibility for future learning environments and give students with more maker-focused learning styles opportunities to explore their gifts and talents.
Outdoor learning meets breakout spaces that extend beyond the literal walls of the school. They provide students with opportunities to get outside, experience the fresh air, and utilize shading from the building to protect from direct sunlight.
Direct access to extended learning areas, breakout spaces, and the ability to flex between single and double size spaces are just a few of the design features incorporated into the classrooms. Minimal storage and double doors offer maximum flexibility and glass gives students and teachers the ability to monitor multiple spaces at once.