Ewing Marion Kauffman School
To serve students who were struggling academically and from low-income families, the Kauffman Foundation sought to create a new school that would engage a community of lifelong learners.
We partnered with the Kauffman Foundation to develop a beacon of learning: The campus accommodates a curriculum focused on discipline. Flexible spaces are arranged across this former office complex, giving the students the independence they need to hold themselves and each other accountable.
The mix of independent and group study spaces were deliberate. The design team knew that students’ social and academic needs change as they grow. Spaces for younger students allow for more structure and classroom learning, while the high school features independent study spaces, social areas, and accommodations for project-based learning.
Since the school opened, test scores have increased and students are graduating readier than they’ve ever been to succeed beyond graduation.