A Learning Community is a group of students and employees that all work together for students to achieve their goals. Primacy enrollment is limited to 150 so that students, faculty and administrators can know each other on a personal level. Learning is not limited to classes. Space is designed for meaningful conversations, social interactions, creative thinking and problem solving to happen everywhere and throughout the day.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
1 THESSALONIANS 5:11, Holy Bible
Design Advantages For Learning
Below are just SOME of the design elements that support student learning, social and emotional well being.
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From the 1st floor lobby to the 7th floor rooftop patio, physical and visual green space is built into every office, lab, conference room, common and learning space.
Access to green space is associated with improved mental well-being, overall health and cognitive development of children. It promotes attention restoration, memory, competence, supportive social groups, self-discipline, moderates stress, improves behaviors and symptoms of ADHD and is even associated with higher standardized test scores.”
Rachel McCormick, MSN, Journal of Pediatric Nursing, September 4, 2017
The colors in a classroom environment can actually impact student’s behavior and academic performance. Primacy is very purposeful in selecting colors for our classroom walls that help set our students up for success.
Color – bright colors in particular – stimulate the brain and help boost memory. Recently it’s been shown that this effect carries across all age groups. According to the College of St. Scholastica, “color does indeed have an impact on student behavior, academic performance, and feelings of well-being”.
Large Visual Fields & Natural Light
At Primacy, full glass walls allow students to enjoy the significant benefits of working in natural sunlight rather than artificial lighting, which can be oppressive. Students can see into offices, common areas, green and other learning spaces instead of locking their minds and imaginations into the square, enclosed space of a traditional classroom.
“Students need a safe-space which feels open, clean and bright to enhance productivity; yet still retains the acoustic qualities of an enclosed classroom. Test scores averaged 25 percent higher among students working under natural light. So, to support bright minds a bright solution is needed – glass walls help to bridge this gap.”
Michael Fickes, Walls That Promote Learning, June 1, 2018
If you cannot get into nature as much as you would like, you can simply remind your brain of the healing powers of the countryside by surrounding yourself with photographs and images of outdoors scenes.
“Students randomly assigned to classrooms with views of nature perform better on concentration tests than those assigned to purely “built” views or windowless classrooms”
Li and Sullivan, 2016
Common & Meeting Space
Primacy gathering spaces allow class discussions and debates to spill into after-class conversations. Furniture is inviting with a mixture of soft and hard seating arranged so students can immediately bring conversations into the common areas after they exit their classes. Primacy meeting space provides students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills. From managing a small group project to the Student Government organizing an all school event; our students have a variety of options for small to large group gathering.
When schools invest in attractive furnishings for their entryways, hallways and dedicated learning areas, they communicate trust in their students’ ability to collaborate and study independently. These areas also set the expectation that learning should happen in all places within the school. Deliberately-designed common areas can spark students’ feelings of collegiality, putting them at the center of their learning experiences.
Parsons, Caroline. (2016). “Space and Consequences”: The Influence of the Roundtable Classroom Design on Student Dialogue
Primacy study spaces are of mixed sizes, shapes and colors to keep each mind active and to create comfortable space that allows movement and adjustable room setup.
“73% of the variation in performance among students can be attributed to five key design factors: color, choice, complexity, flexibility, and light.”
Peter Barrett, How Classroom Design Affects Student Learning, 2013
For personal fitness Primacy provides strength and cardio equipment as well as a dance studio. Primacy uses outdoor and community resources for full gymnasium, evening recreation and Primacy Shark varsity athletic events.
Exercise can help all students improve in school by not only helping the brain get ready to learn but also making the brain retain information easier.
Institute of Medicine. Educating the Student Body, National Academy of Sciences, 2014
Worship and Prayer Space
Prayer, Bible study, praise, worship and singing are welcome in all Primacy spaces. Whether through active involvement or through listening quietly and respectfully, Primacy prayer and worship develops community spirit, promotes shared values, reinforces positive attitudes, draws us closer to God and gives us hope.
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” Psalms 95:6, Holy Bible
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.” James 5:13, Holy Bible