By Monte Hunter, AIA

How does a district balance economy of scale and a learning community size that enhances student achievement?

Many districts have realized such a balance by creating smaller learning communities within a larger campus. Examples include school within a school, grade level houses and splitting an elementary in primary-intermediate halves. The result has been smaller learning communities and the benefits of economy of scale. Such economy of scale can free up operation funds for education programs and teacher salaries.

The enclosed case study focuses on the long term cost of ownership for various campus sizes.