By Annie Brown
As IUSD kicked off the 2016-17 school year on August 24, it opened two new schools; Portola High School, the District’s fifth comprehensive high school, and Beacon Park K-8. Serving the Great Park Neighborhoods and parts of north Irvine, both schools are state-of-the-art educational facilities designed to foster collaboration, innovation and integration of technology to ensure students are prepared for 21st Century college and career opportunities.
Common features between Portola High School and Beacon Park include:
- Design Labs – These spaces become easily accessible extensions of classrooms to facilitate small or large group learning and project-based learning. They also provide students with collaboration skills they will need to be college and career ready.
- Dedicated Music Classrooms – Such dedicated spaces improve music instruction and student learning with better acoustics and less time to transition from a general use space.
- Innovation Labs – These labs are designed to foster flexible learning and technology spaces for a variety of projects and various group work. They create a robust environment for students to learn, collaborate, innovate and brainstorm.
Flexible Furniture – Each school site is equipped with flexible furniture, throughout each campus, to foster student-centered learning. This flexibility enables teachers and students to reconfigure their …read more
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