Architects design schools every day, but the impact that their designs have on student learning is at times unknown to those that design the schools. Educational research has shown that a positive school culture impacts student achievement; among the factors that impact the school culture is having a safe school (K12 Insight, 2017). Pride, student behavior, and overall safety each impact a school’s culture. A sense of pride and overall school safety can be influenced by the conditions of the building where children go to school.

The purpose of this manuscript is to explore the impact architectural design had on two replacement schools by addressing the research question: What impact does innovative replacement school design have on student engagement in the learning process? Intentionally, the larger study from which the findings reported in this manuscript were drawn was designed to address the gap in literature that exists regarding architectural design factors that have an effect on learning, particularly the literature regarding replacement schools and the impact the design of new schools had on existing school communities – the students and the teachers who were previously at an old building and all moved to the new school building. Research can also be found regarding the cost-effectiveness of building replacement schools (Lewis et al., 2000) rather than remodeling an old building. However, there is no available literature focused on the impact replacement schools have on student engagement and achievement

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Fall 9-2017



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