Telling our Story: Gardiner Middle School Dual Immersion Program SchoolsNEXT Competition



  • Primary Core Competencies: Educational Visioning
  • AIA CEU: 1. 0 LU
  • Secondary Core Competencies: Design of Educational Facilities


This session will present the overarching experience of the 30 students from the 6th grade Dual Immersion Program at Gardiner Middle. Currently the Dual Immersion Program at Gardiner consists of 50% non native Spanish speakers and 50% native Spanish speakers. This 6th grade group has 49 total students, but only 30 students participated due to the AVID elective.. The students range from low socioeconomic to medium socioeconomic, low academic levels in math and reading - to high academic levels, including 3 TAG students. The students competed in a SchoolsNext design competition and supported the Oregon City School District Design Committee through a new build of Gardiner Middle School. It will contain a more in-depth look at the project, will examine some of the specific features that engaged the students, increased school pride, and created sustainable projects for the future. 

Learning Objectives

OBJ #1  Describe the process the students went through

OBJ #2  Analyze how the process and design of school facilities and campuses can impact community involvement and educational outcomes.

OBJ #3  Identify features and components of school facilities that contribute to student engagement and build community pride.

OBJ #4  Summarize design and program concepts of sustainable education facilities that build community resilience.

Keely Rock, 6th grade Dual Immersion Teacher, Oregon City School District, Gardiner Middle School

David Johnson, AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal, BRIC Architecture

Michael Sweeten, Principal, Oregon City School District