Heart of the Community

Linking Modernized Schools to Higher Achievement 11

This study found value in the creation of a place that centers the learning community and the building around a “heart” of the school. These centralized interior spaces, typically located at a crossroads in the school, could be either a programmed space (e.g., dining or the library) or informal gathering spaces/extended learning environments. Inclusion of this kind of space can extend both formal and informal learning opportunities and supports a school’s overall sense of community.