Innovation & Change

  • DLR Design Group | MacConnell Award Video | Campus Tour

    Agua Fria Union High School District’s team defined a vision to blur the lines between ages and abilities, and foster authentic learning and curricular exploration by expanding the definition of what a “place-based” high school can be. Our design emphasizes spatial flexibility and sustainability as primary means of fulfilling the district’s goals. 

    Classes have the flexibility to be held in spaces designed to suit the learning of the moment, and adjust when necessary. The facility became home to a first-of-its-kind Teaching and Learning Accelerator; an open-source incubator for the art of teaching and learning. Students and the community can come to partner and explore not just teacher-to-student frameworks, but also student-to-student as well as student-to-teacher norms.

    In addition to providing a flexible, state-of-the-art campus, Canyon View has developed a stellar reputation for its STEM-focused academic opportunities, championship-level athletics, extracurricular programs and career pathways. Those career pathways include film and tv, graphic design, medical sciences, agriculture, coding/computer science, marketing, and the visual/performing arts.

    "The vision for Canyon View is student-centric learning that transfers ownership of the classroom to the school,” said Principal Lyn Reid. “What sets Canyon View apart is our commitment to providing authentic learning experiences for all students. You can see this in the way our campus was designed and how educators engage with students in learning.”