Stargate School currently operates a K-8 School in Thornton with a focus on the Gifted Learners. The school had a vision to add a high school and create a campus for all of the K-12 students, staff and families to meet the needs of the Gifted Learners.
Hord Coplan Macht was engaged to help make the vision a reality. Opening in August 2016, the Stargate School is largest charter school in Colorado and the second largest in the United States.
The new campus is on approximately 35 acres at 144th and Washington in Thornton, Colorado. The buildings include a Secondary School for grades 6-12 and a Primary School for grades K-5. The campus will also have a field house that houses the Secondary School gymnasiums and support spaces. The site features include a Quad area between the Secondary and Primary schools, athletic and play fields, primary apparatus areas and adequate parking and drop off area for both schools.
The design of the new campus incorporates the following 21st Century Educational Design principles:
Variety of Learning Spaces – this includes break out areas and a variety of classroom spaces to meet the individual learning styles and needs
Indoor /Outdoor Connection – there are multiple spaces that are designed with doors directly to the exterior and exterior spaces that encourage learning and interaction
Project based learning – a unique space called the Adroit room is designed into both schools to promote project based and “hands on” learning. The Secondary School will also have a Maker Space area with an outdoor patio.
The design concept reflected the innovation of the school by using durable and long lasting materials in a contemporary design response.