Ogden Elementary School
A Place to Connect
Ogden Elementary School offers a fresh learning and social environment, and delivers on a vision: to provide students and community members with a school that acts as a neighborhood hub. The school was designed with connectivity and integration in mind, bridging the gap between nature and interiors while eliminating barriers to learning success. Part of Vancouver Public Schools, the building encompasses 85,000 sf of new construction and includes 35 classrooms for early learning through 5th grade, as well as a gathering commons, fitness, dance, music and maker spaces.
Learn, Play, Discover
Some of the highlights are the areas for indoor/outdoor learning experiences, which includes a garden courtyard, exterior patios connected to classrooms for spontaneous outdoor learning, and the areas for nature play in the forest.
There’s an implied connection and flow between each of its spaces, from the classrooms to the central commons, from the playgrounds to the forested areas. The textures, colors, and natural areas outside, all working to encourage exploration and discovery.
The Family Community Resource Center (FCRC) at Ogden Elementary was also designed to offer a safe, trauma-informed space for students and families to access. While this center serves students in a variety of general ways on a daily basis, its most critical function is to eliminate socio-economic barriers that impact students. This includes providing access to food, clothing, and resources, mental health services, social programs, community events, and transportation.