New middle school resembles Google HQ

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VILLANOVA, Pa. (CBS) – A large time for students successful the Lower Merion School District. Not lone are they kicking disconnected a caller schoolhouse year, but immoderate students volition besides commencement wrong of the marque caller Black Rock Middle School successful Villanova.

Rain oregon shine, it's the archetypal time of schoolhouse but 1 schoolhouse is unsocial successful much than 1 way. Middle schoolhouse astatine Black Rock Middle School successful Villanova starts astatine 5th grade, which is not typical. 

Students successful different schools passim the territory volition present spell present to equilibrium retired enrollment.  

The caller Black Rock Middle School is the 11th schoolhouse to unfastened successful the Lower Merion School District. 

Last week, students from grades 5 done 8 were fixed a tour.

"There are learning communities, a radical of 4 homeroom teachers and astir 80 to 90 students stock a space," main Sarah Stout said. "That abstraction has a communal surviving country oregon a commons successful the mediate and disconnected that country are 4 chiseled classrooms that service a antithetic function.

Principal Stout says the school's layout and plan is akin to Google office with an accent connected collaboration. Here, determination aren't arsenic galore cubbies oregon accepted classrooms.  

"The plan of this schoolhouse truly links unneurotic acquisition pedagogy with the thought of structural space," Stout said. "Students larn champion erstwhile they are highly engaged, and students are engaged erstwhile learning is meaningful, authentic, real-world related and they are applying their knowledge."

Tuesday, the fifth- and sixth-graders volition study to class, and Wednesday, seventh- and eighth-graders volition arrive.

Wakisha Bailey

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Wakisha Bailey joined CBS3 Eyewitness News arsenic a newsman successful July 2021.

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