School Design and Meaningful Student Involvement

SoundOut for Meaningful Student Involvement

When students are school designers involved in any aspect of designing, founding, launching or otherwise planning the form and function of schools, the can experience Meaningful Student Involvement.

Either through focus groups, design charrettes or other forums, students have opportunities to contribute to building design, redesign and supplying with equipment. As the users of most school features, students can be invaluable partners in evaluating, planning and researching school design.


At Mission High School in San Francisco, California, students worked with a professional designer to co-design a large garden for the school. Building it from the ground-up, students reported learning a great deal. Here are more examples:

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