Jefferson Terrace Academy

  • area / size 125,165 sqft
  • Completed 2020
  • Grace Hebert Curtis Architects created a contemporary yet timeless facility to serve pre-K through eighth grade students at Jefferson Terrace Academy in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

    Working closely with the school district, educators, students and community members — and studying successful 21st Century Learning Environments across the nation — Grace Hebert Curtis Architects leveraged a broad knowledge base and customized the Jefferson Terrace Academy concept specifically to serve the students and educators of today and tomorrow.

    Diagrammatically, the school is divided into two buildings. The south building houses the majority of administrative offices, pre-K and kindergarten classrooms, special education, commons areas, music rooms and athletic spaces. Meanwhile, the north building contains learning studios, elective areas and a media hub. The two structures are connected by a secure courtyard that can facilitate learning activities as well as controlled movement between buildings. Outdoor spaces — including the courtyard and play areas — are defined by the buildings’ extents. This design internally focuses many of the school’s functions to have as little impact as possible on the surrounding neighborhood.

    Architecturally, the modern building features clean lines and elegant, high-quality finishes while still reflecting a sense of youthfulness and fun via bright colors and a welcoming covered entryway.

    Architect: Grace Hebert Curtis Architects
    Design Consultant: DLR Group
    Contractor: Cangelosi Ward
    Photography: Mark Bienvenu