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Middletown High School | Fanning Howey
Middletown City Schools in southwestern Ohio is leveraging a building project to reinvent their district and serve as a catalyst for change across the city. A former industrial community, Middletown is in the midst of an educational transformation focused on teaching 21st century skills and celebrating diversity.
The district’s newly-modernized high school was designed around science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education to prepare students for college and careers. Innovative new spaces for project-based learning, research and experimentation are expanding opportunities for students while providing the flexibility to work independently, in small or large groups, and with integrated technology to develop future-ready skills.
The modernization has also reestablished the school as the center of its community. A new athletics complex and community health clinic serve students and the public. Since opening, the building has hosted Ted Talk-like presentations, college and career fairs, robotics competitions, poverty simulations, diversity celebrations, interview training and more. The transformation has created a newfound sense of pride within students and staff that has rippled throughout the Middletown community.