Rightsizing design considerations

7. Distributed leadership and support services.

Leadership is best distributed throughout the building to support the focus of autonomous small schools. One main reception area is often used to orient visitors to the campus, check in guests for security purposes, and provide signage about the collection of small schools on the campus, allowing small school leaders, principals, and/or administrators to locate themselves within the confines of a small school. As conversion projects mature, many administrators find they spend less time as disciplinarians as their attention shifts from the “compliance-and-control” focus of a large bureaucratic system to supporting meaningful relationships and personalized learning. Similarly, guidance counselors often find their focus shifts from the extensive course scheduling inherent to comprehensive schools to the support of student learning and college planning. Space needs for small group activities as well as for special education services and support for English language learners should be considered for each small school.