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Located in scenic Black Forest, Colorado, the School in the Woods in Academy School District 20 is a unique science integrated program tailored to fourth grade students. This field-based education program encourages students to learn as much outdoors as they do inside the classroom. To accommodate their expanding needs, the School in the Woods retained RTA to design a new building that meets their requirements as a growing community while simultaneously serving as an environmental teaching tool.
The new 9,500 square-foot School in the Woods will replace four existing modular buildings, increase student capacity, and continue to support its robust community outreach program and home school academy. Flexible learning suites, outdoor learning spaces, and a curiosity center will support the School’s academically challenging “naturalist” based curriculum for fourth grade students. Working with GE Johnson Construction Company, the design goal of the new building will be to achieve an energy efficient and environmentally conscious solution that exists in harmony with the Black Forest environment.
Currently in the design and preconstruction planning phases, construction of the new School in the Woods is estimated to be completed in the summer of 2018.