Thomas Jefferson Middle School

  • LOCATION: Vancouver, WA
  • COMPLETED: 2004


Drawing inspiration from Monticello, Thomas Jefferson Middle School is a revival of traditional building forms and materials combined with a contemporary educational environment.  Adaptable spaces within the 133,000 sq. ft. middle school are patterned after Vancouver Public Schools’ instruction model which blends individual, small group, and large group learning opportunities.  The heart of the facility is a two-story central commons, framed by clusters of classrooms and cooperative learning spaces. Jefferson also houses a stage for performances, a double gymnasium, project rooms, and band and choir rooms.  The 30-acre campus, shared with Felida Elementary School, has a track, football field, softball diamond, and soccer fields, which are available to the community after hours.

Notable design features include intricate exterior masonry, a grand entry, and a clock tower.  Particular attention was given to detailing the exterior brickwork and interior central stair, evoking a sense of pride in staff and students. Abundant daylighting in common areas enhances school pride by creating a bright environment that encourages focused learning.