Excelsior High School | Washougal School District
An Enhanced Learning Atmosphere
The Excelsior program offers a dynamic curriculum and atmosphere for students who learn better outside of the traditional school environment. Formerly housed in portable buildings adjacent to Washougal High School, the new 11,000 sq ft one-story building provides a permanent learning space for up to 90 students and three staff members. Its program includes a large commons area, classrooms, conference areas, an instructional kitchen, and an administration zone.
With lots of natural light and earthy textures inspired by the Pacific Northwest, Excelsior is designed to be a vibrant, inviting space where education and practical experience come together. The large commons area is a focal point on campus and was designed with community events and student presentations in mind. The wood roof structure is exposed, bringing an element of warmth to the space. Large windows with seating on the south wall highlight views and provide places for students to study and socialize.
Adjacent to the commons is the instructional kitchen, which serves as a utilitarian, relaxed and comfortable space to learn. A café island provides an additional area for gathering and education. A light-filled corridor leads to the classrooms and a covered outdoor educational area that includes planter boxes for gardening and a small greenhouse.