Knoxville High School

Knoxville CUSD #202 | Knoxville, Illinois

The design for the Knoxville High School began with visioning workshops to determine the desired educational practices and programs. After understanding the variety of learning environments recommended to meet the needs of 21st century curriculum and instruction, BLDD's task was to group these learning environments into a cohesive organization that facilitates a seamless delivery of the educational program.
 
The building is organized in Learning Studios with collaboration areas for students and teachers to interact in a less structured environment.  By grouping core academic areas with exploratory spaces and spaces for the self-paced learner, a learning environment is developed that provides a responsive setting for the integrated curricular delivery envisioned in "Curriculum 21." In identifying each of the four studios with one of the "4 C's" (Collaboration, Creative, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Communication), an outcomes-based organization of the educational environment is created.

Features
  • Individual Research/Study Areas
  • Lecture Area
  • Open Collaboration Area (Teamwork)
  • Conference and Presentation Areas
  • Lab
  • Studio
  • Media/Learning
  • Fitness/Wellness
  • Workforce Development
The Challenge

 Knoxville HS was not meeting the 21st century education programming with their outdated facility which included a rigorous structured learning environment.

The Solution

BLDD renovated the facility to have collaboration learning spaces grouped in four studios allowing the student to get the full educational experience.

"BLDD rose above multiple talented and experienced firms to earn our approval. We have become so confortable and confident in working with them."

- Steve Wilder, Superintendent​, Knoxville CUSD #202

Finding the keys to success.

By identifying each of the four studios with one of the “4 C’s” (Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, and Communications), we created an outcome-based organization of the educational environment. The studio spaces for the 21st Century Learner include:
Communications Learning Studio - An integrated learning environment focusing on the myriad of ways that strong communications skills are vital to the study and proficiency of many academic disciplines.
Collaboration Learning Studio - An integrated learning environment focusing on the myriad of ways that strong collaboration skills are vital to the study and proficiency of many academic disciplines.
Creativity Learning Studio - An integrated learning environment focusing on the development of creativity, innovation, and invention skills and conveying the myriad of ways that these skills are vital to the study and proficiency of many academic disciplines
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Learning Studio - An integrated learning environment focusing on the myriad of ways that strong communications skills are vital to the study and proficiency of many academic disciplines.

The unique organization of Learning Studios enables the new Knoxville High School to meet the needs of 21st Century curriculum and instruction.