One of the cornerstones of the Northside community is access to an exceptional education. This is reinforced by the planning of several academic campuses in the community. One of those campuses is the Franklin School, which partners with the existing Cleveland Academy to provide education for students from a young age to fifth grade. A defining characteristic of the Franklin School is the multi-colored glass structure that rises above the building, acting as a beacon in the heart of the neighborhood.
A stand-out program at the school is for the very young, prior to pre-school age, focuses on optimal brain and social development through creative, hands-on activities and play. The unique building design provides opportunities for formal classrooms and pragmatic learning environments, as well as informal learning spaces, to create an inviting and safe environment for students to learn through discovery.
The canopy of the building builds a relationship between the interior and exterior spaces, symbolizing the idea that learning also happens beyond the classroom walls. With the canopy stretching to the playgrounds and into the community, the architecture of the Franklin School echoes the growth that occurs in the program and in the community.
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