New Spring Lake Park School Designed for Students of the Future

June 11, 2018 06:25 PM

A north metro school district is about to open an elementary school unlike any you've probably seen before.

When complete this fall, Centerview Elementary in the Spring Lake Park School District will host 600 pre-k through fourth-grade students.


The new school is designed for students of the future, with mudrooms instead of lockers, and walls of glass that open up to become large student spaces.

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What most of us know as traditional classrooms will be called learning studios, with full wall whiteboards for instruction, but you won't find a teacher's desk off in the corner. Instead, the rooms will be filled with flexible furniture that can be moved around on a daily basis.

"This school is going to be unique, in that we can work short term in ways to best meet our students' needs, but in 10 years this building will be adaptable to emerging influences in education," said Centerview Elementary School Principal Mike Callahan.

Paul Aplikowski is with Wold Architects and Engineers.

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"The idea that someone would stand at the front of the room and teach 30 kids something for an hour is going by the wayside," he said.

Wold designed the new school.

Aplikowski says trends are changing, from bathrooms...

"There is definitely a trend in that not everybody wants to go to the bathroom in the same room as somebody else, so we're building more single-use restrooms," he said. common spaces with more outlets and USB ports and flexible areas.

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"The idea that schools in the future will look more like a coffee shop is probably pretty close to the truth," he said.

Callahan said the function of this school will help teach individual students how they learn.

"It's flexible, adaptable and will allow us to respond to our kids," he said.

Safety will still be a top priority.

"The things we have done in the last three to five years look vastly different than the things we did before that and I think a lot of people are shocked to see what they can look like and still be great learning spaces," said Aplikowski.

The $28 million school sits next to the National Sports Center in Blaine.

The school will have a partnership sharing facilities and green space moving forward.


Jessica Miles

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