We’re sensitive to the reality that private and parochial schools tend to differ from public schools in their objectives. All, of course, want to produce educated students. But parochial schools, for example, seek outcomes both secular and religious. Understanding the goals clearly from the start enables us to deliver architectural solutions that best help our private and parochial school clients achieve what they hope to accomplish. If they’re open to it, we may design a 21st century learning environment for them. But we’re equally happy to provide them with a traditional school design. It’s their call.
Break the Mold
What excites us most about designing for K-12 charter schools is that they generally exist to do one thing: break the mold. They’re constantly looking for new educational techniques and innovative curricula. And that makes them superb candidates for the 21st century education environments we specialize in designing.
Our 21st century education environments help educators connect with students–and thus help students connect with the world–through advanced technology and floorplans that facilitate more collaborative learning. That’s right in line with charter school goals, which focus heavily on measurable results.