A new middle school has a treehouse and much more. Before the start of the school year, Charles City Middle School will open as a community hub and learning environment. The opening marks the end of 13 months of construction.

New Middle School Has a Treehouse and Much More“It’s different from what we grew up with,” and Superintendent of the Charles City Community School District Dan Cox said. “We didn’t want to make a 1960s-type school in the 21st century.”

One unique feature of the school is the treehouse.  “One of the kids said they wanted a treehouse in the school,” Cox said.

At first the adults laughed and said no. But BLDD Architects erected a 275 square foot elevated steel platform overlooking the commons. Under the tree, there is a gathering space, where students eat lunch, which is like an ampitheatre. The first floor features a “grab and go” station where students can get snacks, salad, milk and more.

Each grade has a common space.  There are five rooms in each block, with four teachers.

“We’re asking teachers to get out of single subject instruction,” said Cox.

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