Aspiration & Achievement

A traditional urban edge school transformed to support 21st century learning through collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.


2022 Learning By Design Architectural Design, Award of Excellence


This three-story school reinforces the strong, interconnected culture of the closeknit school community. A large open commons area serves as the heart of the school connecting the academic wing with administration offices, gymnasium, and a music wing. The commons is integrally connected with a two-story collaborative learning and innovation center.

The academic wing is comprised of six learning communities, with each cluster grouping four inter-disciplinary general classrooms with a science, art, or technology lab, arranged around a shared learning area that supports large and small group work with flexible furnishings that can be reconfigured around multiple large whiteboards and shared technology. An adjacent wetland provides opportunities for outdoor learning and nature trails.

This contemporary school provides resources supporting the four C’s of 21st century learning—collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.