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KIPP: Public Charter Schools

KIPP: Columbus

Project Description

Situated on a former golf course, the design for this school has a barn aesthetic and takes full advantage of the natural surrounding with strong connections to the outdoors.

Project Stats

Year of Completion


Square Footage

58,000 sq. ft. Primary School / Early Childhood Education, 140,000 sq. ft. Elementary and Middle School, 100,400 sq. ft. High School, 600 Seat / 6,000 sq. ft. Stadium


Outstanding Project for Elementary and Middle School, Learning by Design, 2016

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Design Features

Large glass windows and outdoor learning areas provide students the opportunity to engage with the outdoor elements. Extended Learning Areas (ELAs) and wide corridors also provide opportunities for cross-teaching and group learning. The school also contains music, art and computer labs as well as a gymnasium and large dining areas.

Moody Nolan worked with developer The Daimler Group for the new KIPP Columbus School campus. The new school was designed in three phases. The first phase included a new 140,000 sq. ft. school that serves 1,200 students in grades 2-8. The site was master planned for four additional buildings including a primary and an early childhood building, science center, future daycare/community facility, stadium and stand-alone high school (grades 9-12). The entire campus accommodates 2,000 students (PK-12).

The overall goal of this project is to make the Columbus-based school a national leader in this school type, boasting the best facility, largest enrollment and graduating the highest, academically strong students who are prepared for college.