Desert Oasis High School
In order to keep pace with Southern Nevada’s rapid population growth, the Clark County School District utilizes prototype designs for their new schools. This delivery method enables CCSD to consistently meet budget and schedule requirements. Since the completion of the first CCSD prototype high schools in 1991, curriculum changes and new standards for daylighting and energy efficiency resulted in a number of design adaptations, all of which were incorporated into this new prototype design.
This 2700-student high school is organized around a two-story interior mall, which admits daylight to the internal classrooms and also provides for secure student circulation. The design breaks down the perceived scale of the large comprehensive high school by creating four separate learning communities within the building. Each independent house serves as a “school within a school” with its own administration, student services, and mix of classroom types. Students in all four houses share occupational, science, art, and technology classrooms, as well as a gymnasium, a cafeteria, and a theater.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Clark County School District