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Earl Boyles Elementary

At school, a child’s education extends beyond the traditional classroom and into the schoolyard where there are many opportunities for learning. Unstructured play is an important part of healthy child development, providing physical, mental, and social stimulation through imaginative play, exploration, and physical challenge.

At Earl Boyles Elementary, the play courtyard strengthens the relationship with the indoor educational environment and promotes the healthy development of children who range in age and ability level. The Pre-K play area encourages sensory and physical exploration by creating a variety of spaces that are both programmed and open ended. Incorporating sensory elements and loose components, like music walls, building blocks, and active water features, helps children develop gross motor skills that reinforce the learning done in the adjacent indoor classrooms.

Location

Portland, Oregon

Client

David Douglas School District

Architect

Boora Architects

  • Photo of Earl Boyles Elementary project
  • Photo of Earl Boyles Elementary project
  • Photo of Earl Boyles Elementary project
  • Photo of Earl Boyles Elementary project
  • Photo of Earl Boyles Elementary project