Wheaton High School
- Montgomery County Public Schools
- 330,200 sf, 1700 students
- New Construction
- Tracking LEED Silver
- Collaborative spaces throughout
- Abundance of natural light
Learning happens everywhere.
The new Wheaton High School celebrates the inspired learner throughout its design. Located on a joint campus with Thomas Edison High School of Technology, the replacement school embraces the spontaneity of learning.
Upon entering the school, students are greeted by a grand stair sitting in the core of the building at the intersection of the building’s two main axes, representing the union of technology and the humanities. The stair provides a central gathering place for the school community, serving as a respite between classes and a place to socialize with friends.
However, collaborative areas are not limited to the lounge space on the central stair. Built-in seating and collaborative zones line the school’s corridors. Constantly in use, these spaces inspire learning and the students’ engagement in their studies. With almost all classrooms having glass windows looking out to the corridor, students are able to see their fellow classmates engaged in learning.
At the heart of the building is the outdoor courtyard, which floods natural light into the surrounding classrooms and provides additional learning, social, and activity space. Art classrooms open onto the courtyard to take advantage of the daylight, and outdoor benches with a recessed face will display art students’ mosaics.
The school is zoned to allow activity spaces—such as the auditorium, gymnasium, and cafeteria—to function during non-school hours without compromising the security of the building’s academic areas.