International Prep Academy

Champaign, Illinois

As part of a district-wide master plan implementation for Champaign Schools, BLDD brought the International Prep Academy (IPA) to life. This transformational educational environment helps diverse students learn in future-focused ways. Intentional features such as operable walls and flexible seating allow easy collaboration and project-based learning while bilingual teams and faculty will be able to share students without leaving the classroom area.

At the heart of IPA is the two-story commons space. This open gathering space acts as the lobby for sporting events, cultural events, a dining and cafeteria space throughout the day, and a performance space with tiered seating area and access to a stage. The upper commons overlooks the stage below and offers access to a large media center that will be home to a bilingual library that serves the school’s mission to support its diverse student community.

Awarded 2023 Exhibition of Educational Environments Honorable Mention

  • Two-story, multi-use commons space
  • Dedicated spaces for ESL, intervention and special programs
  • Large media center with bilingual library with space for 15,000 volumes
  • Dedicated art spaces with kiln and gallery
  • Flexible furniture, operable walls and collaboration spaces
This truly transformational educational environment will help diverse students learn in future-focused ways.