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Elementary School
Existing Renovation

Empower students to engage in multiple learning styles simultaneously by aligning the existing indoor and outdoor learning environments.

Can you teach an old building new tricks?

Absolutely. The original classroom buildings on many of CCUSD's elementary campuses are called "finger" buildings due to their long, thin shapes placed in rows. The primer for these existing buildings explains the steps involved for their transformation small learning communities. The following diagrams will make more sense if you click below to read the primer first.

The following adjacency diagrams highlight the strategy of combining two finger buildings around a shared outdoor learning courtyard to create a new small learning community for two grade levels. Using space types, or the DNA of a small learning community, future design teams will tailor the DNA for each campus. The following example highlights one of many possible configurations. 

Keep in mind that CCUSD's existing finger buildings have between four and five classrooms with ancillary spaces at the edges depending on the school. The adjacency diagram shows relationships between learning spaces, it is not a floor plan.

Creating the Community

Click on the arrows to see the change from two existing finger buildings into a new community.

Existing Building Before the transformation

DNA of a Small Learning Community

Click on the space type to learn more.

Learning Studio


Projects Lab


Teaming Studio




Small Huddle


Teacher Collaboration Workspace

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