The new McCutchanville Elementary School serves students in Preschool through 6th grade in a new state-of-the-art facility. The student-centered design features 21st Century learning spaces that are much different than the conventional classrooms of previous generations. There are classrooms built around collaboration spaces where groups of learners can work together. The spaces are flexible to fit the needs of different teaching strategies as well as learning styles.
Each grade is in a self-contained neighborhood adjacent to the Learning Commons. The two-story Learning Commons is located in the center of the school where students can work together, even in different grades. A teaching theater is located nearby where a full grade level can congregate for a group experience. An outdoor classroom with seating walls provides a place where a class can relocate on a pleasant day. The Science classroom contains an adjacent roof top garden area where experiments can also take place.
Designed to be a net zero school, a solar field was included to offset energy usage. Net zero focuses on the efficient mechanical and electrical systems, building envelope construction, and operational use so that the energy produced by the solar field will at least equal the energy consumed by the school.
The new school provides an environment and culture that motivates students to greater achievement. Both teachers and students enjoy the variety of experiences to teach and learn.