Energy Institute High School

Houston Independent School District - Houston, TX

Energy Institute High School is the newest magnet school in the Houston ISD and the first “energy” school in the Nation. Project-based learning (PBL) is utilized in the pathways of the geo sciences, alternative energy, and offshore technology for this 800 student campus. Working with the community based Project Advisory Team, which includes energy sector businesses, VLK and Houston ISD organized a design charrette to establish the goals, priorities, and design. The concept features a campus-like setting, mimicking many of the corporate campuses where energy students visit and intern during their high school education. An outdoor courtyard is the center of the campus with a shaded tiered collaboration area and outdoor instructional spaces. The design supports a technology rich campus that is part of the PowerUp 1:1 initiative and all instructional spaces are equipped with smart interactive monitors.