School designed and built using principles of sustainability; all high-quality materials are as close to nature as possible.
New environmentally friendly and sustainable school
This nonprofit independent K-6 school is focused on nature conservancy with an inquiry-based and child-centered program to serve 70 students. Touted as one of the most environmentally friendly schools in the country, the goal of the campus is to provide a learning setting that is healthy, environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible.
A fraction of the size of a typical elementary school, the 6,000 SF footprint is intentionally small. The interior spaces merge with the landscape and blur the lines between outdoors and indoors. The campus is comprised of six equally sized cedar wood clad structures surrounding a common courtyard. The structures include four freestanding classrooms, one multi-purpose space, and an administration building that also houses the library. Each building has a wall of windows looking into the courtyard and clerestory windows to maximize natural daylighting and views into activities occurring the other learning spaces. The campus is located in the farthest corner of the heavily wooded 25-acre site that showcases diverse habitats including wetland woods, a dry wood forest, a wetland meadow, and a wildflower grassland.
Slate School is targeting LEED certification, and has incorporated into the design key principles from several other sustainability certifications, such as WELL, Passive House, the Collaboration for High Performance Schools, and the Living Building Challenge. Going beyond industry practice, construction materials underwent an independent inspection to ensure the highest ecological and environmental standards were achieved.