California Educator

December 2015

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 31 of 63

American Canyon High School A M E R I C A N C A N Y O N T H I S N A P A C O U N T Y campus is also one of the "30 Most Amazing High School Campuses in the World" and serves as a model of architectural and green innova- tion. Designed by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, all classrooms feature natural light. The underground geothermal system reduces energy costs, as does the solar farm behind the school. Sports fields are irrigated with reclaimed water, and the school uses low-flow water fixtures. The state-of-the-art theater has a "tech ledge" walkway that connects the control booth with the lighting catwalks. In addition to a large cam- pus green area, the small learning communities each have their own courtyard. Oen called "the school of the future," American Canyon resembles a college campus more than a high school. For details on the school and its teachers, see the story on the next page. "As a teacher, I appreciate the new buildings and beautiful environment that I work in. I find it easy to fall in love with the environment and create a sense of community. Students feel the same way." —JUN DU, Mandarin teacher, Napa Valley Educators Association Summer Heartt shows how the theater's modern design allows easy access to the lighting instruments. 30 THE ISSUE INNOVATION

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of California Educator - December 2015