The original James Templeton Elementary School in Tigard, Oregon, was constructed in 1966. It was determined that the school needed to be rebuilt to meet modern safety and educational standards. To respond to the differing needs of each learner, classroom neighborhoods were designed as a sequence of student experiences: from individual to group ownership, and from less to more autonomy. Individual spaces include classroom window nooks with nature views, and “porches” outside each classroom that fit one to four people. Small group zones in the extended learning area are shared by all classrooms in the neighborhood and feel more publicly owned.
Read more about Templeton Elementary School and view a photo gallery at SchoolDesigns.com.