Summer 2017

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JUMP-STARTING MEDICAL CAREERS 22 ATPE NEWS PE BB LE HILLS HIGH SCHOOL In 2015, Socorro ISD's newest campus, Pebble Hills High School, rose from an expansion of the existing El Dorado ninth- grade academy. The additions include a couple of three-story academic wings, a fine arts auditorium with adjoining black box, an athletics facility, and a career and technology building. The school's Sparta Business Academy offers students a four-year program in business and finance with an opportunity to earn an associate's degree in collaboration with El Paso Community College. The new career and technology building houses pro- grams in culinary arts, law enforcement, the judicial system, floral design, animal sciences, and various building trades. DESIGN GOALS: Minimizing the impact on learning al- ready taking place: New additions were added as more money became available and student population increased. Implementing 21st-century learn- ing design: The final design provides space organization, learning areas, and technology for an innovative learning environment. Promoting collaboration: Students are encouraged to gather in study spaces throughout the school to collaborate. SPECIAL FEATURES: • Culinary department includes a com- mercial kitchen and indoor/outdoor dining space • Greenhouse supports the floral depart- ment and horticulture • Mock trial classroom modeled after a courtroom • Installation of a fine arts gallery SOMETHING FOR EVERY STUDENT SOCORRO ISD Designed by Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc. • Photos courtesy of Talley Photography

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