Frederick High School

Frederick, MD

Details
Classrooms, collaborative learning spaces, media center, auditorium, gymnasium, administrative spaces
TV and multi-media production lab, heritage room, technical learning spaces, special education classrooms
First high school in the county to incorporate the Linking Youth to New Experiences program
Designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification
Owner
Frederick County Public Schools
Services
Feasibility Study, Educational Specifications, Community Involvement, Sustainable Design, Interior Design, Full Design Services, Construction Administration, Building Information Modeling

The design of the new Frederick High School is intended to visually recollect the previous school building, which was of sentimental value to the community, while providing new state-of-the-art teaching and learning programs and spaces. Following the principles of 21st century education design, the new building is organized around a central core, which represents the “heart” of the building, and includes the dining, commons, and enclosed courtyard areas. Besides serving as a main public gathering and circulation space, the “heart” provides a clear circulation path through the building and can be accessed through dual entrances, creating a social hub of activity.

As identified during the planning stage, the Frederick community had strong ties to the historic Frederick High School.  A grand exterior staircase and welcoming entry archway visually recollects and honors the iconic 1939 building.  Lined on access with Fleming Avenue, the entrance addresses the City of Frederick serving as an anchor for the City’s west side in the same manner and prominence as the original school. 

Flexibility was key to the design of the new Frederick High School. Spaces were programmed to adapt to varied teaching and learning styles and changing pedagogies. General classrooms function as they do in a higher education environment, able to accommodate Math, English, and French, all in the same morning. Technology is abundant through interactive panels in all classrooms and meeting spaces and facility-wide WIFI access. A variety of collaboration spaces with varying levels of privacy allow for small groups of 2-3 to upwards of 20.

What Our Clients Say

“The most valuable aspect of this building is how it intentionally fosters academic collaboration among students. The use of open-air collaboration spaces and glass-enclosed Think Tanks allows passer-by students to casually observe their peers engaged in their learning and using the spaces productively. Regardless of academic level or grade, all students feel special and collegiate working in these spaces."

–FHS English Teacher Liz Matheny

Collaboration Labs: Open and informal group learning spaces for up to 10 people that facilitate project-based learning and collaboration.
Collaboration Labs: Open and informal group learning spaces for up to 10 people that facilitate project-based learning and collaboration.
Think Tanks: Enclosed, but still visible spaces that support mixed-learning between departments, small group discussions, and group work.  Located in the academic corridors, these spaces are open to all departments and can accommodate up to 8 people.
Think Tanks: Enclosed, but still visible spaces that support mixed-learning between departments, small group discussions, and group work. Located in the academic corridors, these spaces are open to all departments and can accommodate up to 8 people.
Hot Spots: Benches and high countertops in the corridors provide spaces for a quick chat or plug-in between class.
Hot Spots: Benches and high countertops in the corridors provide spaces for a quick chat or plug-in between class.
Heritage Room: Larger conference room overlooking the City of Frederick (and all its historic spires) and displaying exhibits that tell the history of the school and community.
Heritage Room: Larger conference room overlooking the City of Frederick (and all its historic spires) and displaying exhibits that tell the history of the school and community.