Innovative Spaces

For the past several years, Spring Lake Park Schools has been redesigning learning spaces throughout the district to better meet the needs of students and staff. The effort began in 2015 with small teams of teachers, students and staff coming together to redesign several learning spaces throughout the district. These teams considered how various learning spaces could be reimagined to be more flexible and better used to meet the needs of students and staff.


Many of these innovating spaces have been created throughout the district and are being used by students and staff on a daily basis. Below are several examples of the innovative spaces in Spring Lake Park Schools.

Innovation Spaces at Park Terrace

The Park Terrace media center and hallway was reimagined to be more flexible and meet the varying student needs and interests.

Flexible furniture
Students working on flexible furniture
Students in Woodcrest Learning Lab

Learning Lab at Woodcrest

The Learning Lab at Woodcrest provides flexible options for students to work individually, in small groups or in a large group with a teacher.




Students in Woodcrest Learning Lab
Students on their iPads hanging out in The Den
Student collaborating together in The Den

The Den at Westwood

What once was a room full of large wooden bookcases, tables and chairs, the Westwood media center was transformed into a studying haven for students. Known as “The Den,” students work in flexible and engaging spaces that adapt to their learning needs

A teacher instructing students in a classroom

Westwood Looping Pod

Westwood’s looping pod was redesigned to allow for projects and activities that involve collaboration, flexible thinking and problem solving.

A group of boys smiling while working on course work

SLPHS learning spaces

New furniture was added at Spring Lake Park High School to create new learning spaces outside of the Fine Arts Center and in the rotunda of the school

Students working on the rotunda furniture
Students learning in social studies pod
Student writing in science wing

SLPHS science classrooms

The new science classroom addition at Spring Lake Park High School was designed by teachers and students to be a flexible learning environment. The addition opened in fall 2018

Students working at flexible furniture