Phase I of the School’s Master Site Plan involved the construction of a 13,500 square foot classroom building and site infrastructure including roadways, parking lots, native landscaping, a natural wastewater treatment system, and stormwater retention areas. The interior consists of six spacious classrooms for preschool through fifth grade, which host an average of 14 students per grade. The Schoolhouse also houses the School’s Library, also used for Morning Gathering and as an interior play space. Each classroom opens directly onto the surrounding grounds to facilitate both recreation and field studies. The intentional connection to the natural world is as an integral part of Willow’s daily curriculum.
The Schoolhouse is the first USGBC LEED Certified Gold school-building in the country. With natural wood siding and barn-like roof, the building conforms to the rural character of the surrounding neighborhood. The grounds include gardens and woodlands for environmental study and exploration.
Clerestories and north-facing skylights provide maximum natural daylight to each classroom. The building’s site orientation and layout plan, along with efficient windows, lighting, and HVAC systems, all help The Schoolhouse achieve excellent energy performance.