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Wedgefield School K-8 prototype

Orlando, FL

Wedgefield School represents a new generation of learning environments in Central Florida as the prototype school is the first to introduce the latest in 21st century learning pedagogy, as well as a new K-8 grade configuration, into Orange County Public Schools. The school design was influenced by the cutting–edge research of Dr. Thornberg on Primordial Learning Environments, the cornerstone of 21st century learning pedagogy. In addition to innovative Studio Learning Environments, the school features Campfire Spaces (groups), Watering Holes (peer) and Cave (individual) learning environments throughout. 

Research has indicated that K-8 grade configured schools enhance study performance by an average of 18% over conventional middle schools by eliminating the “School Transition” during a vulnerable time in students’ lives. The grades are configured around Small Learning Communities (SLCs) where a central Collaboratorium space provides the central learning environment shared by the Learning Studios. The school is designed to create a strong sense of community by linking all the SLCs to a Learning Piazza, where large group projects, assemblies and celebrations takes place to foster a culture of innovation and engagement throughout the school. The focal point of the Learning Piazza is the Wonderment Center, where the STEM Skills Labs are shared by the entire school. This fusion of 21st century learning environments and the new K-8 enhanced student performance findings provides a state-of-the-art school that is practical, easy to build and low cost. 

 

Wedgefield School represents a new generation of learning environments in Central Florida as the prototype school is the first to introduce the latest in 21st century learning pedagogy, as well as a new K-8 grade configuration, into Orange County Public Schools. The school design was influenced by the cutting–edge research of Dr. Thornberg on Primordial Learning Environments, the cornerstone of 21st century learning pedagogy. In addition to innovative Studio Learning Environments, the school features Campfire Spaces (groups), Watering Holes (peer) and Cave (individual) learning environments throughout. 

Research has indicated that K-8 grade configured schools enhance study performance by an average of 18% over conventional middle schools by eliminating the “School Transition” during a vulnerable time in students’ lives. The grades are configured around Small Learning Communities (SLCs) where a central Collaboratorium space provides the central learning environment shared by the Learning Studios. The school is designed to create a strong sense of community by linking all the SLCs to a Learning Piazza, where large group projects, assemblies and celebrations takes place to foster a culture of innovation and engagement throughout the school. The focal point of the Learning Piazza is the Wonderment Center, where the STEM Skills Labs are shared by the entire school. This fusion of 21st century learning environments and the new K-8 enhanced student performance findings provides a state-of-the-art school that is practical, easy to build and low cost.