MSA is in the process of developing the design for the new Middle School. The new Middle School includes grades 6 through 8 and is located directly adjacent to the existing High School on the same campus. A few of the primary goals and objectives with the new school are to make it more welcoming and inviting, engage the community, spark curiosity, foster creativity and innovation and provide a place that will inspire students to discover their passion for learning. Like the other campuses, there was also a desire to connect with nature and make the new building as highly sustainable as possible.
One of the primary drivers to the configuration of the new building is the development of the learning community. Core academic classrooms for each grade are organized around shared common spaces with direct access to outdoor project patios. Each cluster of spaces creates a separate neighborhood for each grade. The neighborhoods are then organized around a central community commons that contains various other community-focused areas, including STEM project labs, digital technology studios, learning cafes, and student and faculty collaboration spaces.
The project also includes improvements to the outdoor learning and play spaces and reconfigures entry plazas and parking areas to address issues with security and access as well as with overall traffic flow in and around the campus.