Cavelero Mid High School, Lake Stevens School District, Lake Stevens, Washington
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Cavelero Mid High School
Lake Stevens School District
Lake Stevens, Washington
  • 2009 Project of Distinction Award, Council of Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI)
  • 2009 WAN Education Award Semifinalist, World Architecture News
  • 2009 Citation, National School Boards Assocation Exhibition of School Architecture
  • 2009 Honorable Mention, Learning By Design
  • 2008 James D. MacConnell Award Finalist, CEFPI
The academic classrooms for Cavelero Mid High School are grouped into four personalized learning centers (PLCs), each serving 375 students, on two separate floors. In each center there are three 125-student learning groups for math, science, language, and social studies that surround a shared learning space, thereby encouraging integrated learning. These PLCs also contain support functions and flexible labs for applied arts and sciences.
While this school is well-suited for integrated learning, it is adaptable to most any learning model. It is currently housing several departments in three wings and an alternative high school in the fourth wing. Flexibility was the crux of the planning theme since programs frequently change to meet the students` evolving educational needs in the workplace. These "small schools" within the larger learning environment foster active engagement between teachers and students, as well as create an intellectually stimulating learning community among students, who otherwise may feel lost in a school of 1,500 students.