In April 2015, the East Troy Community School District passed two referendum questions, totaling $24.7 million, to address district-wide needs. The largest component of the referendum was for this 74,100 square foot, one-story PreK-2nd grade school that shares a site with the existing Prairie View Elementary School.
Completed in Summer 2017, the school features a gymnasium, commons area with clerestory windows to bring in natural light, and prominent Learning Commons with a reading nook. The largest shared learning space in the school is known as the “Town Square,” inspired by the historic East Troy Town Square. This area houses the cafeteria, access to the school’s specialized environments (art, music, gym, SmartLab), as well as an interactive tree to facilitate exploratory learning. The tree trunk has four different areas– interactive touch screen, Lego exploration, arts and crafts, and play area. The tree branches, leaves, and clouds were created to spark student’s imagination and creativity.
Little Prairie’s SmartLab is the first in the nation completely dedicated to primary-aged children. Students can explore STEAM through project-based learning and applied technology in the fully-integrated learning environment. Each classroom in the K-2nd grade level is identical, with shared resource spaces along the corridor to allow visibility between the resource areas and classrooms. Glazed garage doors between classrooms enable co-teaching and an open collaborative environment for teachers and students to work together. The classroom and learning spaces were specifically designed in this way to support the District’s goals of competency-based learning.
Awards: The Daily Reporter – Top Project, 2017
American Society of Interior Designers | Wisconsin Chapter – GOLD Design Award, 2017
American School & University Magazine | Architectural Portfolio – Citation Award, 2018