Self+Tucker Architects

Leadership Preparatory Middle School

Through creative planning with all members of the design team, school leadership, and the students themselves, Leadership Prep Middle School was successfully completed in time for students to begin learning at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. STA worked with the Leadership Prep “Student Design Team” to engage them in the design process and they in turn shared their experience with classmates. The exterior design of the new school was crafted to fit in the neighborhood context, while effectively establishing its presence as a new and modern community school. Spaces for learning include 12 state of the art classrooms, administrative spaces, a gymnasium, cafeteria, and an outdoor education and play area. A new Cafeteria and Gymnasium will accommodate the entire K-8 school of 180 students. Designing Leadership Prep as a high-performance building was a fundamentally important aspect of the design process. Balancing building performance and strict carbon targets against the limited budget was identified early as a challenge.