My Day as a Kindergartner
Recognizing the growing needs for early learners, Washington State’s Mukilteo School District decided on the idea of the kindergarten center in tandem with the passage of new state laws for all-day kindergarten. In lieu of adding additional classrooms to each elementary school in the district, the district opted for a central, kindergarten-only school as the most efficient solution to their capacity challenges.
Pathfinder Kindergarten Center in Everett, Washington by DLR Group. Photo by Chris Roberts.
Naturally, this idea of a kindergarten-only school presented a unique opportunity to design a facility for a single age group. What does a school look like if it is designed specifically for them? We knew that a successful facility for these learners required us to “forget” what we thought we knew about traditional elementary school design. We needed to fundamentally challenge everything.