Nationally recognized for academic excellence, the Olathe School District is the second largest in Kansas with nearly 30,000 students. A long-time partner to the Olathe schools, Henderson Engineers designed the district’s fifth high school, in order to meet current demand and ease overcrowding. Olathe West High School is the home of the Owls, and appropriately, has four communities that are dedicated to each grade. Each wing connects to a hub, or commons area, specifically designed to spark student interaction. Various lab types that foster the STEM curriculum (chemistry, biology, and physics) are located on the 2nd and 3rd floor.
Our team incorporated flexible furniture and design layouts that support different teaching methods in the classroom including active spaces for direct instruction, blended and flexible spaces for project-based lessons, and maker spaces for hands-on classes. In addition, we incorporated the audio-video and acoustics design for the school’s cutting-edge media center and performing arts center. Fans who want to cheer on the Owls as they take on other Kansas high schools can do so from one of its three gyms. Olathe West also houses practice fields for its soccer, baseball, softball, football, and tennis teams.