Can students lead us into a better future? With the intent to bring the student voice into the planning and design of exceptional learning environments, SchoolsNEXT teams demonstrate their passion in rethinking the requisites of tomorrow’s 21st century learning environments, reaching beyond the school walls and developing solutions to global design challenges that inspire transformation in education.

Challenged to plan and design sustainable and resilient learning spaces that encourage innovation, critical thinking and collaboration, these young designers have broadened the potential of a school by connecting excellence in design with excellence in education. 

Several of the 2017 SchoolsNEXT finalist teams from across the nation will be joining us at LearningSCAPES in Atlanta.  

Each year the students display remarkable enthusiasm, rigorous research and exceptional teamwork, generating solutions that not only meet the needs of students, but address the economy and society of the future, enabling them to master the skills they need to take on the challenges of a world defined by change.

Congratulations to the 2017 SchoolsNEXT Finalist Teams! Indeed, they will lead us into the future and that future will be brighter!  

Gulliver Academy Middle School

Miami, Florida 

Hudson Bend Middle School

Austin, Texas

Lakeridge Junior High School

Lake Oswego, Oregon

Minnewashta Elementary School

Excelsior, Minnesota 


McAuliffe International School

Denver, Colorado

St. Michael’s Academy

Springfield, Massachusetts

Special Recognition – Inaugural High School Program

Frederick County Career and Technology Center

Frederick, Maryland

SchoolsNEXT Award Presentation

LEsolutions Market Reception – Friday, October 27, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

SchoolsNEXT Sessions – Saturday, October 28

Changing the Face of Education, Part 1

2:00pm – 3:00pm


Room A602 

Gulliver Academy Middle School, Miami, FL

Lakeridge Junior High School, Lake Oswego, OR

McAuliffe International School, Denver, CO

Changing the Face of Education, Part 2

4:30pm – 5:30pm


Room A705 

Hudson Bend Middle School, Austin, TX 

Frederick County Career & Technology Center, Frederick, MD 

LEsolutions Market – SchoolsNEXT Pavilion

Meet the students up close and personal at the SchoolsNEXT Pavilion, featuring the 2017 team videos and projects. The students look forward to talking about their projects and visions for the future with you.