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.
As the first new high school designed for Aurora Public Schools in over 30 years, considerable effort went into making sure the school represents the state-of-the-art in terms of educational philosophy, building performance and building flexibility. Developed on the 100-acre Aurora Public Schools Educational Campus, the high school shares a cohesive campus plan with a Pre-K through eighth grade school, and a future district stadium. Planning for the site included a Joint Use Facility for higher education and Public Recreation Center or Library.
RTA, in collaboration with MOA Architecture, 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. An addition started in 2017 will add classrooms, a cafeteria commons expansion, and a new wrestling and weight room. Work is slated to be complete summer 2018 and will increase the capacity from 1,350 to 2,250 students.