Golden High School occupies a very small site with a powerful geography and landscape. Designed to accommodate 1,250 students, the facility has two levels in the academic wing and one level in the commons, physical education, and auditorium wing. The school is actually two buildings designed in a U-shape around a courtyard. The L shaped classrooms and administrative building enclose two sides of the courtyard. The third side is flanked by the public areas of the building, which includes the cafeteria, auditorium, and gymnasium. The fourth lies open to the north and receives a dramatic view of South Table Mountain. This opening forms the main entrance to the building. All of the classrooms take advantage of daylighting techniques, which aids student learning as well as decreasing operational costs. The courtyard was designed to retain a number of mature trees. The library lies at the heart of the building at the end of the long axis of courtyard and quad.