Fort Dodge
Middle School

Fort Dodge Community School District
Fort Dodge, IA
Completion date
August 2013

Early in the design process for this middle school, participatory workshops resulted in abandoning the idea of traditional classroom in favor of a new student-focused learning environment. 

Each learning environment (known as a learning community) is comprised of several learning centers and houses approximately 150 students. At the fifth and sixth grade levels each learning community houses six learning centers, including science studios. At the seventh and eighth grade levels the learning communities each house five learning centers, including one science lab. In addition, each learning community offers spaces for specialized learning and teacher collaboration. At the center of each learning community is a common space that offers opportunities for individual, small group and large group learning. Daylighting abounds with operable windows and strategically placed skylights. Color and pattern add excitement and way-finding throughout the facility.