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Vista PEAK Preparatory SchoolAurora, Colorado

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Vista PEAK Preparatory High School began as an inspiration to embark on a first-of-its-kind P-20 education system, where students can begin their education as preschoolers and end with an Associate Degree, all on the same campus.

RTA designed this LEED Gold certified high school to minimize energy use and provide sustainable architecture focused on the success of students and the community. Small “learning communities” allow for a small school experience within a large school. Natural daylighting was utilized in the classrooms to enhance the interior environment, save energy, and improve student performance. Displacement ventilation systems deliver air to students in a quieter and more efficient way. Use of native landscape materials reduces water use, and the building becomes a teaching tool with its green roof system and photovoltaic array located in an extraordinary outdoor science classroom.

Vista PEAK Preparatory is a new 215,000-square-foot 9-12 high school that shares a campus with a prek-8 school. The first phase of the design included three separate small learning communities, a music wing, auditorium, gymnasium, athletic area, administration offices, and a cafeteria. With a high school core created to expand, the design allows for two future additional learning communities, bringing the student capacity to 2,250 students. Future planning for the site includes a higher education facility, public recreation center, and a natatorium. The school is LEED Gold certified and tremendous effort went into ensuring that it offers a 20th-century learning environment with sustainable building performance and building flexibility.


  • LEED Gold Certified