Set on 50 scenic acres adjacent to 2,000 acres of public parkland, the new Pilot School was designed to celebrate nature inside and out.
The campus offers five outdoor classrooms, an amphitheater, an adventure track, natural play areas, access to trails, rooftop planting beds, and a sustainable stormwater management system with raingardens that serve as an instructional tool. Inside, the school features large view windows, warm woods, and harvested boulders that continue the connection to nature. A large stone fireplace creates a warm, welcoming environment in the lobby, while a “treetop” science lab opens to a large outdoor deck overlooking the adjacent woodland. The school’s compact footprint helped conserve the surrounding green space.
CUTTING-EDGE EDUCATION SPACES
The Pilot School has 25 classrooms; art, music, computer, and writing labs; a science lab with access to the outdoors; a library with a two-story slide; an indoor saltwater pool; two gymnasiums; and offices, therapy spaces, and tranquility rooms. The school’s infrastructure supports the use of modern technology throughout the building, including internet-based tools and interactive whiteboards. Recognizing that many students are sensitive to harsh lighting and the humming and flickering of fluorescent ballasts, the new school features dimmable, soft white LED lighting, abundant natural light, and enhanced acoustics.