MESA, ARIZONA — Community members, political leaders, Mesa Mayor John Giles, Harvard Investments and members of the Cadence at Gateway team joined Queen Creek Unified School District (QCUSD) officials on September 10, 2018, to celebrate the groundbreaking of QCUSD elementary school #7. The new school, which is not yet named, is in the Cadence at Gateway community located in the northern part of the district’s boundaries. QCUSD has hired DLR Group to design the district’s seventh elementary school. Chasse Building Team is serving as general contractor.
“This school will be a great addition to our high-achieving district, especially for the families in the northern part of our boundaries,” said QCUSD Superintendent Perry Berry. “It will be a state-of-the-art facility that offers many amenities including a mastery learning model, leadership opportunities, and a STEAM focus.”
The new school, which serves students in Pre-K through fifth grade, consists of two single-story buildings and two, 2-story buildings. The buildings frame a central courtyard, extending learning and gathering opportunities to the outdoors. Large garage doors open to make room for large group activities, dining, assemblies, and events in the courtyard. Shared specialty and breakout spaces, including the smart lab for technology-based, hands-on programs and the wet lab maker space counterpart enhance STEAM curriculum and encourage collaborative teaching across the campus.
In addition to classrooms and labs, the school includes a multi-purpose gym and performance space, a commons area that doubles as the cafeteria, two music rooms, a media center, administrative offices, playgrounds, and athletic fields.
Funding for the new school comes from the Arizona School Facilities Board and a voter-approved bond.
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