Moving Everest Charter School

Location: Chicago, IL
Educational / K-12
New Construction
Size: 53,000 sf
Status: Completed

The new school facility, designed by TEAM A, accommodates both the day school, Moving Everest Charter School (ME), and the after-school partner / developer of the building, By The Hand Club For Kids (BTHC).

Grades K-5 make up the school’s enrollment with each grade totaling (90) students, which is further divided into (3) classrooms. ME utilizes a technology assisted blended learning rotation model to enable a more personalized learning experience and lower the student / teacher ratio. Within each classroom (2) teachers facilitate both direct instruction and collaborative activities at the same time while a percentage of students move out to breakout rooms and the computer lab for independent study. Breakout rooms and the computer lab are centrally located between the classrooms to facilitate an efficient rotation. The corridor between knits the spaces together with colorful walls / carpet, lower ceiling, playful child height windows and a reading nook.

With separate day / after-school providers, sharing space and creating clear delineations between the two entities is an important aspect of the building. Additional administration and staff work areas provide adequate space for teacher prep. Classrooms are equipped with separate closets, sliding marker boards and cabinets for storage needs, instructional space and security. Technology further enhances the physical accommodations through the use of chrome books, smartboards and a video wall in the main lobby where both users are able to customize their own content and change the identity of the space. A branding hierarchy was established between ME’s lime green ID color, logos, imagery and donor acknowledgment. The exterior effect makes a strong connection between the images of kids (from BTHC) with the ME logo to tell a story that success starts with – me.