Opening in Aug. of 2019, the new Apex High School will involve many old and new elements. The new school will be built around a courtyard that is twice the size of the existing courtyard surrounded by a four-story building. Some of the school will be kept the same; for instance, the fields will be cleaned up and restored to a better condition instead of demolished and rebuilt. “Our goal is that when you walk into any entrance, it will scream ‘Apex High,”’ Principal Diann Kearney says.
Starting on the first floor, the main gym will have the ability to hold the entire student body, and a smaller second gym will act as the auxiliary gym. Across the courtyard, on the opposite end of the school, will be the theater that can hold up to 850 students. “This is a large step up from the existing one,” Kearney explains. Culinary and CTE classrooms will be located on the first floor with a direct access to the courtyard for easy contact to the planting bed. A little basement area off of the gym near the fields is thought to have locker rooms for both the home and visiting teams. “The concession stands will be demolished as they should have been twenty years ago,” Kearney states. Also, a new press box will be put in place.
On the second floor, all of the AOIT classrooms will be held along with the library and many other classrooms, including “breakout spaces” which are open rooms scattered around the school for collaboration between different classes. These “breakout rooms” will also be located on the third and fourth floor. The library will be decorated by many two-story windows that add emphasis and comfort to the room. The fourth floor will be mainly for science classrooms. This is so they can work together with projects or lessons. Each classroom will consist of lab top carts, a flat screen television, and Wi-Fi, and some could even have apple TV.
All in all, the new school will have many new surprises while still keeping the traditions of Apex High.