In response to a rapidly growing district, the School District of West De Pere determined that an intermediate school housing 5th and 6th grade students would solve the projected capacity needs at the existing elementary schools and middle school. The intermediate school will allow 5th grade students to have access to elective offerings such as band, foreign language, and STEM a year earlier. The pairing of 5th and 6th grade students together will give the District flexibility to create a curriculum.
The innovative learning environment is designed as a “main street” concept with a corridor providing connection from the classroom neighborhoods to the shared program elements. A learning stair is located at the heart of the building and is designed to function as an informal gathering space for students as they transfer in and out of their classroom neighborhoods. The gym, cafeteria, and fitness areas are designed to function independently from the rest of the school for night and weekend activities.