Located on an impacted existing high school site, this new high-density middle school three-story campus-within-a-campus “Enclave” provides a home specifically tailored to middle school students. It provides a special place that inspires and challenges them to explore, yet feel secure. This new home allows students to transition into the greater population at their own pace, offering shelter when needed and access as desired. A creative curriculum informs the design of a comprehensive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) program within a high-performance LEED Gold, CHPS, and Savings by Design solution.
A technology-rich environment offers a full academic support community clustered around a central enveloped courtyard. Individual building wings house science and engineering, the art “making” lab, technology and flex classrooms, and campus administration. Upper levels weave through horizontal and vertical sunshades, creating nooks for chance encounters, fresh air, views, shade, and cool coastal breezes. This inventive solution personifies the Southern California educational experience as a direct result of a community engagement process that speaks of true collaboration. Envisioned as a new gateway to the west side of an existing campus, the Enclave echoes the spirit and context of the original contemporary campus design and surrounding neighborhood.