The design of the new, second Jefferson City High School was developed through a series of collaborative workshops with the district’s design team. Visioning sessions uncovered goals for successful learning environments. Due to the dramatically rocky and sloping site, a compact building footprint was situated on a hill to minimize site disturbance and provide views below. Organized axially towards the valley, a three-story atrium brings light into the building and provides a dramatic perspective of the landscape. Several other light-filled atriums serve as places for collaboration and active learning. Science, art, and practical art programs are clustered around the core of the school to engage students daily.