Perspectives Charter School

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Perspectives Charter School is dedicated to the mission of providing lower-income urban students with a rigorous and relevant education to prepare them for life in a changing and competitive world. Its signature design signals to the community at large that learning is a paramount civic priority. The triangular building’s multi-story windows invite the community into the building visually and figuratively. Significantly adding to the revitalization of a lower-income Chicago neighborhood, the school actively shares its facility with community organizations and youth programs. The facility parallels the personality of the charter school’s educational model: versatile, challenging, dynamic, and progressive. Its unique shape and spaces echo the school’s commitment to creativity. The beauty and ambition of the new building underline the role of education in the civic landscape. It includes science and computer labs, a research library, a cooking kitchen for the healthy meal program, and spacious classrooms. The building is centered around a multi-use “Family Room,” a lofty, daylit space overlooked by balconies. The room’s walls graphically display the principles of the school’s character curriculum, “A Disciplined Life.” This core philosophy encourages students, teachers, and visitors to reflect on the commitments of all members of the community.

Architect of Record

Perkins+Will

Contractor

Perspectives Charter School

General Contractor

Levine Construction, Inc.

Consultants

  • Tylk Gustafon Reckers Wilson Andrews, LLC
  • WMA Engineers
  • Site Design Group