Open Classrooms Eliminated

“Open classrooms” were a popular trend in education in the 1970s, and many schools built during that time adopted that approach.

It was soon realized that such schools were distracting for teachers and students alike. For the past 30 or more years, in many cases schools would create ad-hoc walls from bookcases and any other materials that might be available.

The Students First projects in Des Moines have created more traditional, yet up-to-date, classrooms at schools which were originally “open,” giving students and teachers a better learning environment with fewer disruptions to classes.