The Franklin
School Early

Northside Development Group
Spartanburg, SC
Completion date
December 2018

Located in Spartanburg, South Carolina's Northside, The Franklin School is an early learning facility offering high-quality education to children age birth to five years. RDG's design reflects the community's focus on ensuring access to exceptional education with expansive, light-filled educational spaces where children can learn through discovery. 

Layout for the 28,000-SF building is designed to mimic building blocks, with spaces dedicated to formal classroom and programmatic functions, and informal gathering areas interspersed throughout. A multicolored glass-clad form rises above the building, defining the school as a place for young learners and a beacon of education in the community. Echoing the program's continued growth, an exterior canopy stretches to the playgrounds, extending outwards to the community and building a relationship between interior and exterior learning environments to encourage learning beyond classroom walls. The building's unique design offers inviting and safe spaces for children to learn through discovery, promoting¬†optimal brain and social development through creative, hands-on activities and play. 

Colorful outward expression of the child-based program.
Ample, daylit entry fosters internal interactions and visual connection to neighborhood.
Space to support learning outside the classroom.
Classroom supporting needs of child and teacher.
The in-between spaces foster interactions.
Outstanding Design Citation Pre-K & Early Childhood
Architectural Portfolio