The new two-story Baird Elementary School building organizes the different age groups into educational pods. Each pod includes four classrooms situated around a shared resource area and small group instruction classroom. Students in grades 3-5 are in pods on the second floor while the younger students, 4K through 2nd grade, have classes on the first floor. Fostering mentorship and collaboration, communicating stairs connect the two floors and allow the creation of a buddy program between older and younger students.
The overall design at the new Baird Elementary School allows for transparency throughout the building fostering more student collaboration. Strategically located windows connect students to the surrounding park and forest. Additionally, an outdoor classroom acts as a unique learning space and provides further connection to the surrounding environment.