Located in Southwest Riverside County, the Lake Elsinore Unified School District covers more than 144 square miles and serves Transitional Kindergarten (TK)-12 students from the cities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake and Wildomar, and several unincorporated Riverside County communities, including Lakeland Village and Horsethief Canyon. The district operates 23 schools, as well as alternative education programs. Approximately 21,565 students, grades TK-12, are served by LEUSD.
With the recent rise of interest in CTE classrooms, LEUSD wanted to adopt the 21st century Active Learning Classroom in order to create a unique learning environment for their students. Working closely with Architecture 4 Education and the school district itself, Tangram completed 21 classrooms for Lakeside High School, Ronald Reagan Elementary and Keith McCarthy Academy, and are planning to continue doing so as the need arises.
This project involved several CTE classrooms that accommodate 30-35 students ranging from 1st grade to high school. Using multiple product lines from Steelcase, KI, Tenjam, HON and Norva Nivel, each space was furnished with pieces that support different postures from seated position in mobile seating with mobile tables, to a perching height with one setting, as well as small ottomans that can be moved throughout the classroom or allow for private heads down space at the whiteboards for ideating. The wide variety of seating and desking supports and encourages active learning, innovation, creativity and collaboration for the students that use the spaces, and celebrates diversity in learning and teaching styles.