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Rendering of Magnolia Science Academy 5 showing a building with modern red awning
Magnolia Science Academy 5

Student Work Displays Spark Curiosity for Learning


Magnolia Public Schools

Project Location

Winnetka, CA


565 students



Magnolia Public Schools is solving its need for additional space to accommodate rapid enrollment growth through a new two-story public charter school that supports a STEAM educational model. Our design for the new Magnolia Science Academy 5 achieves the district’s vision with a progressive building that is a symbol of academic excellence for the community. Learning is on full display with a gallery walk that celebrates student creations ranging from 2D, 3D, digital displays, work in progress, and final performance tasks. A dynamic courtyard complements the robust collaboration space within the core of the building. This double-story hub connects both levels of learning studios and creates a vibrant place where students learn, work together, and communicate with each other.

The new school’s location at the edge of an existing retail lot establishes its significance within the community. A perforated metal screen panel at the corner of Winnetka Avenue and Gault Street highlights the corner and its expression on the street, while also serving as a shading device for students. The metal screen panels continue in the courtyard for a cohesive fencing design that wraps and protects the school. Magnolia Science Academy 5 is being constructed in phases and will accommodate 565 students upon full buildout.

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