Amy Yurko, Educational Planner,
Kelley Tanner, Educational Planner
BrainSpaces | Connextions
Domains: Process, Parameters
Course Level: Intermediate
Learning Units: 1 LU/HSW
Saturday, October 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
How big should a school building be to effectively serve its mission? One clear methodology for calculating the student capacity of k-12 school facilities does not exist. Architects and planners often struggle to provide facilities that will truly support the number of students and range of programs required by today’s standards and expectations. One thing is for sure: it is no longer simply a count of classrooms. In this session, you will see a variety of state and local mechanisms for determining school size and student capacity for elementary, middle and high schools. We will explore various ways unique programs and schedules can be accommodated within these mechanisms. We will demystify various definitions of commonly used terms such as “efficiency”, “utilization factor” and “teaching station”. Most importantly, we will use actual case-studies to illustrate student capacity calculation models that allow architects and planners to accurately account for the enrollment of a given school – accounting for unique student needs, programs, schedules and intended operational strategies. Through small group exercises, we will develop meaningful translations of various rules-of-thumb into strategies of real schools for real students with real needs.