The Dr. Freddie Thomas Learning Center plays a key role in a partnership between the Rochester City School District and the Lewis Street Center, a nonprofit organization. The 188,000-square-foot facility is a community school housing 1,000 pupils in grades 6-8, and the family services department of the Lewis Street Center. The Lewis Street Center will encourage and administer community access to the school's facilities.
The middle school is organized as "two schools within a school." One school is located on the second floor and another is located on the third floor. Each school has its own classrooms, teachers and administrators. The two schools share the amenities on the first floor: the gym, pool, library, lecture hall, cafeteria, home and career skills facilities, and technology labs.
Creating a safe environment where students can concentrate on learning was a design priority. The Dr. Freddie Thomas Learning Center is not only designed for the students, but also for their parents and the community at large. The center is part of a revitalization plan; its bold, solid appearance is reflective of the role it will play as an anchor for the community.
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