Shoreline Junior High School

Davis School District   Layton, UT

project size

210,000 sf

project contact

Jeanne Jackson, FAIA, LEED, AP




2019 K–12 Best Award | AGC



The new Shoreline Junior High School provides a state-of-the-art design which buffers middle school students from the stress and fragmentation associated with the typical large junior high school experience. The key concept of the design is the organization of academic classrooms into grade-level specific, double-lobed academic Learning Suites, each surrounding and connected to a lively central collaboration space. These academic suites provide a highly flexible, open and extremely visible environment for group collaboration and project-based learning, which fosters critical student / student and student / teacher relationships. Classrooms, conference rooms, faculty planning offices, student and faculty toilet rooms and grade-specific lockers make up a Learning Suite, promoting a cohesive environment in which students may live and learn daily. Further, each suite is uniquely themed, providing a sense of personal identification and pride for the students who learn within them. The theme also serves as a wayfinding device, provides exciting learning opportunities and engages student interest. The theme at Shoreline is “Connections,” celebrated both in the exterior design of the building and the interior detailing and signage.

At Shoreline, the local city partnered with the district to build a large double gymnasium, including a second floor running track as an amenity for the community. The gym includes a separate entrance, city office and public restrooms for after-hours utilization.