Rightsizing design considerations

3. Campus organization.

While certain campuses and school buildings lend themselves more readily to supporting small school conversions than others, autonomy can be enhanced in any environment with thoughtful attention to detail. Given the size and the programmatic needs of each small school, planners can decide how to organize existing wings, pods, clusters, or groups of buildings. Multi-level schools can be organized horizontally by floor to take advantage of sight lines, vertically by section to utilize separate outdoor entrances, or in some other combination that works uniquely well for the program of the schools that inhabit the space. Rather than dispersing various facets of a small school into disparate areas on a large campus, divisions work best when they correspond to natural borders that keep the various components each small school as united as possible. (Boundaries not only protect, they simultaneously unite.)