Updating elementary schools
A school building that is attractive and responds to and is consistent with the design and context of the neighborhood, builds a sense of pride and ownership among students, teachers, and the community.
The exterior should complement the neighborhood and reflect the community's values. School districts typically separate their capital and operating budgets and therefore have little incentive to factor in the long-term cost of a building when making decisions about its design and construction.
'Room like,' non-institutional corridors, plenty of views out and in, and windows between the classrooms and the hallway all combine to improve the safety and sense of security in this New Hampshire school.
Rain is "harvested" from the roof of this 608–student, K–5 school, and used to water the grounds and flush the toilets year round.
Communities should study the history of their schools and become involved in the planning of new schools in order to make wise decisions regarding renovation versus new construction.
The physical organization of the school needs to provide easy navigation that builds confidence without sacrificing safety and security.These buildings should also be also good environmental citizens as they are teaching tools in and of themselves.Community leaders, parents, and educators value schools that have a strong connection to the community.Elementary School buildings are the setting for the first four to eight years of a child's formal education, a period of structured schooling that is compulsory in most countries.In the United States, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), first enacted in 1965 and reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act, is the principal federal law that affects kindergarten through 12th grade (K–12).
Children in various stages of development are stimulated by light, color, the scale of their surroundings, even the navigational aspects of their school.