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This 156,600 SF middle school is organized into grade-level “houses,” with each house containing classrooms, science labs, and a computer lab. Core facilities including a multipurpose room, a centralized media center, music rooms, art rooms, a cafeteria, and a gymnasium are located along a large central spine designed for ease of supervision and efficient circulation.

The 2-story main classroom building intersects this central spine, facilitating access to core areas while defining the academic houses. Classrooms feature large windows for daylighting, with additional light shafts bringing natural light into the first-floor library. Large open stairs are located at the intersections of the central spine and the classroom building, maximizing traffic flow and optimizing visual supervision.

Location: Columbia, SC

Size: 156,600 SF

Recognitions: SC CEFPI (Best in Class for Middle Schools)

Photographer: Rick Alexander