This program, currently located in the Sparkman Alternative Education Center, is an independent learning, virtual program for students 9th-12th grades. TAVS encourages an open school policy. Students can come in at any time to get academic support from a teacher, one-on-one tutoring or to sit and work independently. Students from TAVS and Traditional Independent Study program can share some spaces.
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The main space for the program shall be a central gathering and teacher desking area to accommodate 4 or more educators. A collaborative student study area is needed, with a few small tables for students to work independently or in a tutoring session with a teacher. There should also be a small soft seating or cafe seating area for casual meetings or independent reading. Support spaces include single user restrooms and small staff breakroom/wellness space. This can be shared with educators from other similar programs. Space should have access to natural daylighting and views to the outdoors.
Additional support spaces could include a tech lounge/gaming spaces for students and a quiet area with a genius bar (media center) for textbook and device checkout.
Encircling the collaboration area, a few rooms are needed to accommodate small group work, confidential meetings, one-on-one teacher/student interactions, and testing. These spaces should have acoustical privacy but high degree of supervision through glass doors and/or general sidelights.
Shared Fitness Area
Students would greatly benefit from a multi-purpose area for fitness and other activities, such as clubs). It should have moveable walls. This could be shared with students in similar programs. The intent is to provide a place for students to have access to a couple of cardio machines, hand weights, other portable fitness equipment, with mostly open floor space for yoga and other gross motor skill activities. Typical classroom ceiling height is acceptable. Space should have physical fitness flooring material and natural daylighting, with full-height mirrors on one wall. This could be adjacent to an outdoor area for dining and socialization.