Attleboro High School is one of 14 comprehensive high schools in Massachusetts and services over 1,700 students in grades 9-12. To create a more personalized, student-centered, learning environment for such a large student population the school is organized into four distinct learning communities (known as ‘houses’). Within the houses the non-programmed areas and corridors have been transformed into useful collaborative and educational spaces. Interdisciplinary cooperative learning rooms and an innovation lab have been integrated into each community. Incorporating flexibility throughout each community allows for the building to adapt to changes in educational environments over time and truly create a facility where learning can happen anywhere.
The organization of the building places the Library Media Center in the center of the shared community spaces and the academic wing as the heart of the educational environment. The organization also allows for the community access to the retail hall, gymnasium, auditorium, and vocational shops while keeping the academic wing secure. The new campus integrates active and passive security elements based on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Access controls limit the points of entry to a security vestibule, security cameras monitor the facility, and exterior landscape features were used to create a warm and welcoming safe environment for the students and staff.
Construction of the new Attleboro High School is currently underway and scheduled for occupancy in 2022. It is anticipated to achieve a LEED Silver certification.