Yarmouth Elementary School, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
The new Yarmouth Elementary school, offering classes from grades Primary to 6, will exemplify the philosophy that appropriate school design can provide opportunities for students to grow intellectually, socially and emotionally. Accordingly, every square foot of the school is considered a setting for learning.
Understanding that no two students learn in the same way, we have designed varied learning environments throughout the school and within the instructional spaces that are designed with students’ learning needs in mind. We have blurred the lines between the traditional classroom space and the circulation areas, thus providing choice in the learning environment for both students and teachers to optimize.
The key design concept of the school is an integrated arts and science studio that acts as a flexible, maker’s space and will connect all of the students together. This space will form the ‘heart’ of the school and flow through the classroom wing.
The school is being designed for sustainability and in keeping with contemporary thought in education with all its complex nuances and evolving priorities. Energy and water efficiency, and healthy indoor environments, informed design decisions. The central theme remains focused on inspiring and motivating students to embrace learning; to pique their curiosity, challenge their intellects and to enjoy the rich social milieu of the school experience.