Located on a heavily wooded site in rural Connecticut, this light-filled elementary school integrates nature into the day-to-day experiences of students. The building wraps a series of courtyards, creating outdoor learning spaces and ushering in natural light and air.
Kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms are located on the school’s east and west edges, with shared elements — a cafeteria, a gymnasium, art and music rooms, and a library/media center — in between. There are two primary entrances: a bus drop-off on the south, and a parent drop-off on the north. This configuration eliminates the need for a perimeter road, enabling classrooms to have views of wooded areas.