Set in a historic Anacostia neighborhood, Kramer Middle School has served public school students since 1943.
The four-story building was designed in the Colonial Revival style, with a brick façade and elegant limestone porticos. Today, after the school’s first major modernization, Kramer Middle School is a LEED for School Platinum building that supports a “Blended Learning” curriculum with enhanced learning environments and robust state-of-the-art educational technology.
Promoting College Readiness
Classrooms have been designed around the Blended Learning model for grades 6-8 that facilitates both traditional instruction and online learning. Following the comprehensive modernization, the school now accommodates hands-on, individualized project learning within technology-rich environments, including labs for robotics, science, forensics, media arts, and life skills support. The school’s infrastructure will also support a STEAM curriculum with an emphasis on blending the arts with technology.
New labs and instructional areas support the school’s focus on Blended Learning education.
A Sustainable Showcase
Inside and out, Kramer Middle School serves as a model for transforming an aging, inefficient building into a sustainable showcase. The project involved the replacement of existing windows to increase access to daylight and views, new ventilation and energy-efficient mechanical systems that improve thermal comfort, enhanced acoustics, LED lighting, daylight and occupancy sensors that provide flexible learning environments for the students, and on-site energy production through the installation of new solar panels that significantly decrease the energy footprint of the building. Site strategies, which included a new stormwater management system, native plantings, and the removal of temporary buildings, decreased the area of existing impervious surfaces on the site and elevated the school’s outdoor environment by providing access to much-needed green space.