Fargo Public Schools

Explorer Academy at Lewis & Clark Elementary

Rendering of the exterior entry to the elementary school.
Rendering of the exterior entry to the community-based sensory gym.
Rendering of an interior classroom entry with a graphic wall mural.
Rendering of an interior corridor with bars of calming landscape graphics.
Rendering of a student pod space with floor to ceiling window and playful furniture.
Colored floor plan depicting the Lewis & Clark Elementary School addition.

Fargo Public Schools

Explorer Academy at Lewis & Clark Elementary

Fargo, N.D.

Fargo Public Schools is working on an addition to Lewis & Clark Elementary that will serve students who benefit from the specialized programs in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The district plans to operate this facility based on a “school within a school” model, with the Explorer Academy serving as an extension of the existing Lewis & Clark Elementary. This model will allow students to develop their academic, social, and personal skills and behaviors before seamlessly transitioning back into the general education setting.

A portion of the addition will be leased to TNT Fitness for a sensory gym and the North Dakota Center for Distance Education for a maker space. These community partnerships will create exciting opportunities for students.

Designed in partnership with local architect of record YHR Partners.

Size: 45,000 sq. ft.

Components: Special education classrooms; specialized therapy rooms; community-based sensory gym; maker space

Scheduled Completion: 2021