The Orange School is a new public charter elementary school, for children in grades K-8, which offers a unique learning approach with 3 distinguishing features including; Arts-based Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Education, and Social Responsibility. The Orange School’s stance on educational development is centered on the skills that students acquire through participation in the visual, aural, and performance arts. These skills enhance traditional school studies, typically resulting in increased academic performance, while engaging social and emotional skills necessary for creative and collaborative work.
The form of the building celebrates both the Orange School’s curriculum and program — the primary performance space is the central focus and used as a connector between classrooms, which are staggered across floor levels. Additional rehearsal and performance spaces are dispersed, thereby creating surprising multi-purpose theatrical and interactive spaces to be used formally and informally throughout the building. The building asserts itself prominently along the active North Broadway St and engages the CTA Red Line train to the east, visually and physically connecting the city and passersby with the school, its students, and a new vision for contemporary education.
The school includes K-8 core classrooms, science labs, art therapy, community meeting spaces, a resource library, a cafeteria, and a gymnasium. Additionally, the school features dance studios, music performance and recording studios, and performing arts theater space which spill out of the building to a welcoming, green, public plaza.