Frisco ISD is planning a new school on the far east side of the District to serve neighborhood students in grades 5 and 6.
The campus, which has yet to be named, is expected to open in 2023 in McKinney’s Craig Ranch community. The school site sits between Alma Road and Dr. Kenneth Cooper Park.
The campus, which will be the first intermediate school in FISD, presents a unique opportunity for Frisco ISD to create an innovative environment tailored to meet the specific needs of this age group.
“We’re excited to implement this new school configuration and explore the academic, social and emotional learning opportunities it presents,” said Dr. Wes Cunningham, chief academic officer. “It’s a chance to start from the ground up with a creative instructional design based in collaboration and experiential learning experiences.”
The three-story campus is being designed by architects with Huckabee, who shared a working design for the school at the School Board meeting Monday.
The design incorporates ideas and feedback from District staff, who stressed the need for flexible, open spaces to accommodate active, hands-on learning and future instructional practices. Learning on this campus, like others, will emphasize key skills and traits of the District’s Profile of Future-Ready Learner including communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
While attendance zones for the new school won’t be finalized until fall 2022, the 5-6 campus is expected to relieve Comstock, Elliott, Ogle and Isbell elementary schools, as well as Scoggins, Lawler and Vandeventer middle schools.
When the intermediate campus opens in 2023, Comstock, Elliott and Ogle will transition to serving students through fourth grade, while Scoggins will become a seventh and eighth grade campus. The goal is for students zoned to the new intermediate school to attend classes together starting in fifth grade and matriculate as a group to Scoggins and then Emerson High School.
“The new campus should create more consistency and stability for students and families within the Emerson feeder pattern, helping with school transitions and allowing students to maintain relationships over time,” said Dr. Todd Fouche, deputy superintendent for business and operations.
As presented to the Bond Oversight Subcommittee, the new intermediate campus will be paid for using funds allocated for a middle school under the District’s 2018 bond program.