The new Northwood Campus, located at 570 North Abbe Road, opens its doors in the fall of 2020. The campus building will serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
This video provides a virtual walkthrough of the new facility.
Campus schools essentially function as independent elementary and middle schools, but under one roof.
Within a campus school, kindergarten through fourth grade will attend the elementary school while fifth through eighth grade attend the middle school.
The elementary and middle schools will have their own unique entrances, parking areas and main offices.
There also will be separate drop off/pick up areas for bussing. Elementary and middle school students will not ride school buses at the same time. (Before the start of the 2020-2021 school year, parents whose students are eligible for bussing will receive a letter indicating pick-up and drop-off locations.)
In the plan for new schools, the sites of Northwood, Eastern Heights and Westwood are all campuses.
Each campus will have separate elementary and middle school offices with their own administrators and school staff. The elementary and middle schools will offer grade-level wings with all their own facilities within the wings, including restrooms.
Elementary and middle school students will not co-mingle. There are some common spaces that are shared, such as the dining hall or health clinic, for instance, but in these settings, elementary and middle school areas are separated.
Elementary and middle school students have separate gymnasiums and separate playgrounds/outside areas, and the playgrounds are fenced for safety.
The elementary and middle schools within the campus sites also will start and end at different times of the day as they do now. This will help alleviate traffic congestion at the campus sites.
Within the virtual walkthrough video of Northwood Campus, viewers will see accent colors within the facility that are consistent throughout the new schools in the district. The accent colors are important aesthetic features and for practicality. Each grade level features a "home base" color which helps students navigate the new schools.
Another feature that is consistent in all new schools is what's called Extended Learning Areas or ELAs. These large, central open spaces are designed for student collaboration, teambuilding and project-based learning. The spaces are surriounded by traditional classrooms and classrooms that have movable doors that can be opened to ELA spaces.
Please enjoy this virtual walkthrough of the new Northwood Campus.