BUDGET: $5.1 MILLION
CLIENT: CRESCENT CITY SCHOOLS
LOCATION: NEW ORLEANS, LA
Phase I of the project included extensive development of outdoor learning environments for 300 students grades PK4, K,1,2. The existing classroom building, recently used for a specialized high school, was reorganized from 14 classrooms to 9, better sized for Montessori based, project and small team learning. Breakout classrooms for specialized music, art, and literary work were included in the program. Classrooms with adjoining restrooms were created in a new building for the new PK-4 program, with specialized play areas designed specifically for this age group and up to 75 PK students.
New outdoor classroom/play spaces based in Montessori teaching and the Nature Explore program includes space for 180 children grades K-2nd in distinct spaces for 5 groups of 30 children, including 2 new covered pavilions, soccer/sports field for active play, ‘mud’ kitchens, gardening area, tricycle path, hammock pods, and climbing structures.
Phase 2 includes the renovation of a Church into a new gymnasium facility with basketball, volleyball, and a built- in stage area, and new restrooms. Phase 2 also includes the total gut renovation of a 4th building on the property to serve for the Aurora program, a program for special emotional needs children, grades Kindergarten- 8th grade, who will be taught in small or 1-1 settings, and have distinct outdoor play yards.