South Lake High School

Seattle Public Schools

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32,000 SF

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Connections. Progress. Education. Respect. Understanding that each person learns and grows at an individual pace and style, South Lake High School is home to a diverse student body. Much like the students it serves, this alternative high school was searching for a sense of identity, connection and respect. Both literally and philosophically, South Lake is about connections. Both floors of this open and inviting school are organized around the student commons, providing a focal point and social hub for students, staff and the community. Designed with an emphasis on program adaptability, there are a variety of learning spaces and resources, including five general education classrooms, two science labs, one resource classroom and a behavior modification room; a childcare facility, art studio, multi-purpose room for teenage parenting and health programs, and a self-contained special needs classroom. Flexible informal learning spaces are also provided outside of the traditional classrooms, creating the opportunity for collaboration and personalized learning. The classrooms, though traditional in size and shape, are easily adaptable to multiple needs via moveable partitions and are visually connected to the flexible and pull out spaces through the use of interior glazing.