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.
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.