Charter School Incubator Initiative (CSII)

Washington, DC

Charter School Incubator Initiative (CSII) at Shaed Elementary is a complete renovation of an existing decommissioned DC public school building. The scope included gutting three floors of the building, replacing all systems, reconfiguring most spaces, and fully updating interiors. The building was designed to accommodate two charter schools: Inspired Teaching School and Lee Montessori. One third of the build will be incubator space for Lee Montessori, a new charter school. The remainder will be home to the Inspired Teaching School, an arts integration school, who will grow into the Lee Montessori space after two years. Gallery and performance spaces, as well as enhancing daylight, were significant aspects of the design.

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Daylight is a prominent feature in classrooms, which are flexible enough to host a number of different learning activities simultaneously and can accommodate the integration of arts, science movement and music into the curriculum.