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Lawrence High School

New High School | Lawrence, MA

The design of this new 3,000-student, 565,000 square foot high school incorporates Johns Hopkins University’s ‘Talent Development Program’ – a comprehensive reform model for the planning and design of high schools in large, diverse urban communities. The Talent Development Model’s essential components include Career Academies, each with a specific professional development focus; and a Ninth Grade Success Academy to provide students with extra academic and social support as they make the transition into high school. After completing the ninth grade, students have a choice of four Academy programs including Health and Human Services, Applied Science and Technology, Business Management and Technology, and Arts and Communications. The design team looked to the City of Lawrence to define each Academy program, soliciting input from local business leaders during the planning process.  

Additional program elements include a Media Center, a 1,252-seat Auditorium and adjoining dance studio, a Field House with three full-size basketball courts and an indoor track, a Health Center, and four Day Care/Child Development Centers.

The design is a campus-like complex composed of multiple building forms flanking a curvilinear spine running  north to south.  The six Academies are housed in separate four-story wings, radiating outward along the east side of the spine, providing all classrooms with an abundance of natural light and creating  outdoor courtyards between each wing.  Flanking the west side of the spine are two public wings, oriented toward the city fabric and designed for extensive community use.  The circulation spine spans North Parish Road on the second level, resolving a major site constraint, while connecting the Academies with all major resources. 

Honors and Awards

Citation - AASA/AIA/CEFPI 2009 | Outstanding Project - Learning by Design 2009 | Citation for Campus Planning - BSA K-12 Design Awards 2009

Time Span 1999-2005
Type New High School
Size 565,000 sf

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