The Tointon Academy of Pre-Engineering is a new PK-8 school designed by DLR Group for Weld County School District 6. The school is a two-story, 142,000 SF building designed for a planned operating capacity of 900 students. The site is located northwest of the Hwy 34 and 71st Ave intersection, on the western edge of the WCSD6 boundary. This location provides an opportunity to both attract students from neighboring districts, as well as retain students within the district.
The school is organized to address the age diversity of the students through the implementation of Small Learning Communities (SLC), which embraces the use of spaces for collaboration, inquiry-based, and project-based learning. The District has focused on “Pre-Engineering” as the central theme for Tointon Academy, both through their planned curriculum and as expressed by the building itself.
Key program elements include a combined gym and auxiliary gym, with a stage opening into the auxiliary gym. There is a large second floor learning commons that features two wet/dry labs, a tech lab, open study area, and a roof terrace. There are four distinct student learning communities, each with a pair of grades: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8, with the 4 upper levels stacked on top of the 4 lower levels. Kindergarten and pre-K have their own wing, with a dedicated entrance for Pre-K. The general contractor Roche Constructors broke ground on March 30, 2021 and the school is expected to open in Fall of 2022.