As part of the 2018 Bond Program, Littleton Public Schools (LPS) identified the need to build a new middle school facility on the current Newton Middle School site. The new school will replace the original deficient structure, resolve ADA issues, as well as provide the appropriate space for small and large group instruction, creativity and innovation. It will also provide space for the LPS NOVA program which serves students grades K-12 with emotional disabilities.
The design concept was developed through utilizing the Design Advisory Group (DAG) process and established Littleton Public Schools goals and vision for the project. The DAG was comprised of 29 members representing community members, parents, teachers, District staff, and the design team. DAG and User Group meetings, numbering nearly 20, enabled the community and District to provide vital input throughout the design process.
The DAG identified the importance of group spaces and the need for outdoor student spaces.To create opportunities for group meeting areas and create a multi-purpose space, the design incorporates classroom pods with flex breakout spaces, a learning stair, maker spaces, and larger than standard classrooms to accommodate varied learning modes. The unique design concept will include outdoor areas directly adjacent to the interior flex breakout and STEM spaces with large openings to allow projects to be moved outdoors.
The design also includes space for the district’s NOVA and BEST programs which serve K-12 students with special social and emotional needs and students with autism. The program pod will look and feel like the rest of the building, but will feature a separate entrance, secure rooms, quiet spaces, and a fenced playground for younger students.
A new junior stadium and playing fields will also be built on the Newton campus. They will provide additional playable surfaces for students in both District-sponsored junior varsity and varsity sports as well as club sports in the community.
The new facility is expected to be completed in 2021.