Johns Hill Magnet School

Decatur PSD #61 | Decatur, Illinois
<h2>Johns Hill Magnet School </h2>

Through the BOLD Facilities Plan, Decatur Public Schools is working to ensure student-focused learning environments with spaces that expand learning beyond traditional expectations to further engage students. To help accomplish this goal, a reimagined, new facility replaced an outdated structure which was located on the highest elevation point in Decatur, Johns Hill.

​The K8 school focuses on arts integration and English-Language learner curricula. Johns Hill Magnet School features a 750-seat auditorium, as well as a 672-seat gym. Students also enjoy an Art Alley, Learning Stair, and STEAM Suite for grades 6-8.

Photos: O'Shea Builders

Features
  • K-8 school
  • 750 seat auditorium
  • 672 seat gymnasium
  • Art alley
  • Learning stair
  • ​STEAM suite for 6-8
The Challenge

The team was challenged to stay within a strict
budget while providing artist-rich spaces that
would flame creativity for growing K-8 enrollment.

The Solution

A new, innovative, arts-supportive facility on the existing site, fit to stand in the spotlight, fueling a
passion in generations of students to embrace and
share their talents, culture and arts with the world.

A reimagined, new school replaced an outdated structure which was located on the highest elevation point in Decatur, Johns Hill.
The Great Outdoors

Bringing a gallery feel to the outdoors, Art Alley fuels students to let their creative juices flow and get messy. Student-artists display their masterpieces in the open, accessible gallery for the community, bringing arts directly to the revitalized neighborhood. The alley also serves as an innovative and secure second-floor entry point for staff and the community, helping the flow of traffic for multiple events happening simultaneously.