Chatham County Schools | Pittsboro, North Carolina
Seaforth High School is a state-of-the-art facility developed to provide 21st Century educational environments and accommodate new teaching practices and methods.The new school is located on about 70 acres, off of Seaforth Road, west of Jordan Lake and south of US Highway 64. The sitework includes a full complement of athletic facilities, parking for staff, students and buses, as well as an on-site sanitary system. The two-story, 217,000 square foot facility is designed to accommodate 1200 students on Day One and 1400 students in the common spaces (a 200-student addition is planned in the future). The centerpiece of the school is the Learning Commons, a modern adaptation of the traditional media center. The Learning Commons connects the academic wings on both levels and provides a flexible, adaptable, open space for small group and individual research, casual reading and student study areas. The stack area, which will accommodate about 15,000 volumes, is located in an adjacent, glassed room that can be easily accessed for student use, but locked when the commons is used for assemblies or presentations after hours. In addition to the Learning Commons, several innovative student study facilities are provided throughout the school to provide individual or small group study, while still being supervised by a teacher. The school is inwardly-focused with a central courtyard that is accessed from the Learning Commons and the Cafeteria. The courtyard is designed to provide a variety of uses, including large vibrant spaces for social gathering as well as smaller groups settings for studying. The auditorium accommodates 540 spectators for presentations and performances and is a good technical teaching space with wide, safe catwalks and lighting galleries.