Designing for 
 
Small Learning Communities 

Anthropological studies have found that humans can only feel like they are part of a group if there are less than 150 people in the group. The best way to organize large schools is to plan for Small Learning Communities (SLCs) of no more than 150 students with each SLC having its own shared resources. Grade-based SLC's are typical for elementary schools, but some schools do mix grades.  For middle school and high school, SLC's can be grade-based or theme-based. The shared resources can consist of Outdoor Learning or an Indoor Learning Commons used for project-based learning and dining.

Renovating Old Classroom Buildings

Nearly all CCUSD’s campuses have multiple classroom buildings that are either “finger” buildings or “corridor” buildings. Because the learning model has changed considerably from the time period when these buildings were designed, they are inadequate for future-ready learning:

  • Not all activities and learning styles are supported

  • Collaborative and project work is difficult

  • Opportunities for teacher collaboration are limited

  • Spaces for different group sizes and differentiated learning are limited

  • Accommodating future change is extremely challenging

Because most elementary campuses have multiple finger buildings, and Culver City Middle School and Culver City High School have multiple corridor buildings, please click the corresponding primer before reading the renovated small learning community for each grade level.

SMALL LEARNING COMMUNITIES
Elementary School

SMALL LEARNING COMMUNITIES
Middle and High School

Existing Renovation

Configuration of space types for an elementary school small learning community using an existing finger building.

New Construction

Configuration of space types for an elementary school small learning community using a new building.

Existing Renovation

Configuration of space types for a middle or high school small learning community using an existing corridor building.

New Construction

Configuration of space types for a middle or high school small learning community using a new building.