Abington Senior High School
The original Abington Senior High School was built in 1956, in 1996 had alterations and additions, and renovations in 2006 and 2009. To address increasing enrollments, the district elected to build a 2-story classroom addition and move the 9th grade students out of the Abington Junior High School to create a true 9–12 high school model as well as design the school to meet the 21st Century program.
The new 2-story addition will provide adequate classroom space for grades 9–12, allow for an improved arrangement of classrooms by department, and will improve the overall circulation of the building. Fine arts classrooms are included in the new addition to diversify and support a science and technology curriculum. Digital media and photography will be incorporated as part of the arts program with a new TV studio proposed for the second floor.
The guidance area will be relocated and the nurse’s suite will be expanded. Department offices and instructional planning centers (IPC) will be located adjacent to their respective departments. Special education (learning support) classrooms will be provided throughout the building. The existing science lab will be reconfigured to Social Studies classrooms.
A smaller addition is proposed to improve the athletic lobby entrance area and create support spaces directly adjacent to the gym lobby. The physical education spaces will be increased by adding an auxiliary gymnasium directly adjacent to the main gymnasium. This provides an opportunity to capture the space below for team rooms to support the adjacent stadium and storage for both athletic and physical education equipment.
The kitchen will be able to accommodate the projected student enrollment by adding kiosks in the cafeteria areas for additional food choices. The kitchen will need to be enlarged into the faculty dining area for additional refrigerator, freezer, and dry goods storage.