Peck Expeditionary Learning K-8 School
Client: Guilford County Schools
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Designing the new 142,000sf K-8 Expeditionary Learning School.
  • Features student-centered learning environments that promote creativity, innovation, collaboration, problem-solving.
  • Spaces that reinforce student agency through challenging, project- and presentation-based curriculum that distills a connection with oneself, with others, and with nature.
  • The design includes a courtyard between the school’s academic wing and the shared spaces, allowing students and their teachers to have quick, direct access to a secure space for outdoor learning.
Interesting Fact: The initial concept is inspired by, and interactive with, the natural elements of the surrounding site, including the tree canopy of the existing forest.
Architecture|Interior Design

The new Peck Elementary School is intended to strengthen programming in the urban district by developing spaces that support an Expeditionary Learning model and provide more equitable access to high-quality facilities. Built on the same site as the previous building, the flagship K-8 facility will have five learning communities that cluster similar grade levels together, allowing for co-teaching and age-appropriate collaboration.

"SHP designs schools that demonstrate their architects clearly understand what it means to be a 21st century learner in a global community and the building structure that makes that kind of learning possible."
– Ashley Triplett, Ed.D, Principal, Guilford County Schools
"The school, and district as a whole, exemplifies innovative educational and architectural thinking."
– David Powell, Senior Project Manager, SHP