Essay about School Design

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The design of a building is often reflective of its function. Without certain accommodations and details, a building will be visually appealing, but mostly useless to its inhabitants. The function of a school is particularly dependent upon its design. The design of New Spring Middle School will reflect the holistic middle school concept. The overall design of campus will advocate the holistic focus of New Spring Middle School. Learning Gardens and a wetland area will exist as additional academic resources for students. In addition, these areas will be a source of creativity. An example of these resources would entail the use of the gardens by science and industrial classes to grow vegetables. Once these plants mature, Family and …show more content…
New Spring Middle School will serve students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. The rationale for this grade choice is that students in these grades are in the early adolescent stage of development, so they are maturing in all areas of wellness. New Spring Middle School focuses on total student development, so students in these grades will benefit developmentally from the school’s philosophy. Using this middle school concept, the building will be built to support holistic development. Main classrooms in New Spring Middle School will be organized into blocks for teams of students. Teams will be organized by grade level, and will consist of 75 students. Each block will consist of classrooms for math, science, social studies, language arts, and special education. In addition to these academic rooms, each block will have a counselor’s office and team room. Placing counselors in close proximity to classrooms will encourage students and teachers to use them as a developmental resource. Team rooms will allow teachers to gather entire teams for activities and provide teachers with a planning office. The overall effect of the block design will be a focus on the teaming concept. Team teachers will be in close proximity, promoting communication, while students will develop holistically in an environment that is smaller than the entire school. The placement of counselors and a team room in each block promote the focus on total student development that is

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