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Norma Rose Point K–8 School

  • Client
    School District No. 39 (Vancouver)
  • Location
    Vancouver, BC
  • Completion
  • Photographer
    Ema Peter Photography


Norma Rose Point K-8 School is a new 970-student facility that combines a pre-kindergarten to grade 5 primary school, and a grades 6 to 8 middle school. It is two components of the University Hill family of schools, envisaged as a continuum of learning from pre-kindergarten to post-secondary education on the UBC campus (along with University Hill elementary and secondary schools).

The school gives physical form to the Vancouver School Board’s concept of 21st century learning, with the school organized into nine learning communities arrayed around shared learning commons. The learning communities accommodate multi-grade groupings of students in spaces that encourage collaborative teaching and individualized project-based and experiential learning.

Teaching spaces extend outside through balconies and a terrace on the 2nd floor of the middle school, enabling ecological study and experimentation. Common areas are enhanced by the Neighbourhood Learning Centre area, which promote community use.

Green features are incorporated into the building to teach students about sustainability. The project includes passive design strategies such as daylighting and solar shading, as well as energy modelling to ensure cost-effective and high-performance building systems. The school has achieved LEED® Silver certification.

View the video that was created for the school.