Missoula International School is a small, Spanish Immersion International Baccalaureate school that is currently located in the former Prescott Elementary at the base of Mt. Jumbo in the northeast corner of Missoula. NAC Architecture is collaborating with the school to redevelop an existing industrial site to include a new two-story, 37,000 square-foot pre-kindergarten through eighth grade classroom building. The new school is built around a strong sense of community, leading to a design that creates community at different scales - from the classrooms clustered around an adjacent “neighborhood”, to the “neighborhoods” to the immediate neighborhood, to the neighborhoods that are connected to each other by the main Commons. This creates multiple places to connect and learn. The school has named the Commons "La Rambla" after the iconic tree-lined pedestrian boulevard in Barcelona, Spain. While the neighborhoods are connected to each other by La Rambla, they are also grouped around a central outdoor learning space connecting students, staff and parents to each other and to the outdoors. The concept is to create an environment of exploration and interaction. The new school will also feature maker spaces and a music/exploration lab plus administration spaces. The projected student population is 220. Construction of the school is scheduled to begin in May 2017 with completion in August 2018.
A new, companion recreation/cultural center is scheduled to begin design in 2017.