The Leuzinger High School project consisted of three new two-story classroom buildings comprised of two 12-classroom and one 24-classroom on an 80-year-old campus which included eight state-of-the-art chemistry and physical science laboratories. Students now attend classes in glassy, state-of-the-art buildings along with a lush outdoor commons area, reminiscent of a community college campus or a Silicon Valley technology campus. Leuzinger’s test scores have increased dramatically and the number of students taking advanced placement classes has more than doubled.
The campus’ reconstitution shows that it is possible to affect drastic change in a short amount of time at high-poverty and low-performing schools. The campus improvements provide a new culture at the school in which teachers, students, faculty and staff take special pride in.