Can Architecture Reduce School Drop Out Rates?

Can Architecture Reduce School Drop Out Rates?

The UNO Elementary School Soccer Academy in Chicago has used adventurous design innovation to increase the retention of students.

Emma Hutchings
  • 18 april 2013

The UNO Elementary School Soccer Academy in Chicago has used architectural innovation to make the students want to go to class. Designed by JGMA, the project has won a 2013 Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award.

The UNO school aims to support the students and local residents through a strong curriculum that is supplemented by soccer, community outreach programs, and innovative design. Since opening, the school has maintained a 99% student attendance rate.

Can Architecture Reduce School Drop Out Rates?

JGMA placed the school’s corridors around the edge of the building and built a full-height glass wall for the classrooms to increase natural light and views. From the outside, the futuristic-looking metallic building seems as though it’s emerging from the ground. JGMA president Juan Gabriel Moreno said:

The project is the epitome of education based development. If you start with education, everything else grows around it… We took a risk. It didn’t matter to me if people didn’t like the design. What matters is that the students want to be there. That is something we should all remember.



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