Park East and West School Campus

Grayslake, Illinois

The new Park East and West School is a true K-8 school with shared spaces for all grade levels wherever possible. With an initial classroom capacity for 1,000 students, the core infrastructure is designed for 1,400 students if a future expansion becomes necessary.

The school's arrangement fosters District 46's goal of team teaching in a nurturing "school within a school" environment. Each neighborhood has its own core support spaces. Shared areas reduce redundancy of space, which includes the multi-purpose room, gymnasium, learning resource center, administration, and student services. Cooperative planning on the part of both the School and Park District has led to parking and play fields to be shared by the community and park district on evenings and weekends.

The building can be secured at several levels to allow access to the public spaces as needed while keeping the educational wing fully secured. The gymnasium has been enlarged to allow use by adults for Park District programs, and the Park District has its own office and storage within the building.