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From the 2023 Educational Interiors Showcase: Forest Hills Northern High School, Project Next

Nov. 15, 2023
The project was recognized as an outstanding design in the Interior Renovation category.

Forest Hills Northern High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, offers students a project-based program called Project NEXT, a four-year parallel path program driven by a vision to provide students with hands-on learning. Students in the program must identify and propose solutions to real-world problems, so spaces that fuel collaboration and creativity are essential. Redesigning the school’s west wing to accommodate those needs started with converting a courtyard into a central learning commons. Next to the commons, each grade level has its own pod of four classrooms that can be interconnected for collaboration and co-teaching as needed. 

Read more about Forest Hills Northern High School, Project Next and view a photo gallery at

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