ERIC Number: ED065935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
Reference Count: 0
From Hotel to High School: Converting a Residential Hotel into a New Type of Senior High School. Report and Recommendations of the Concourse Plaza High School Planning Committee.
This document reports the result of a 5-day meeting held to recommend the structural building adaptations and the curriculum organization necessary to the renovation of Concourse Plaza Hotel into a high school. According to the planning committee, the hotel has many features adaptable to a school, which would permit a meaningful departure from the traditional structure. The investigation revealed that suites of rooms could be used for small group and individualized instruction in an informal setting, with television and lavatories in each suite; that stoves, refrigerators, and kitchens are conveniently distributed throughout the building for a possible decentralized eating arrangement; and that there are large clothing closets in all the apartments. The recommendations indicate that suites of offices, a switchboard with telephone connections throughout the building, adequate basement areas, and ample space in general would permit quick and economical renovation. The plan calls for a comprehensive high school that would provide for students on all ability levels and offer both academic and career education. Recommendations include mini-schools -- 140 students and seven teachers -- to function for half the school day, with students' choices from a schoolwide selection of courses occupying the remainder of the day; and flexible schedules consisting of 20-minute time modules in various combinations within five 10-week cycles. Plans also call for liaison to be established with business, industry, labor, and the community for a variety of cooperative and work-experience programs. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Building Conversion, Community Involvement, Conference Reports, Cost Effectiveness, Counseling, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Philosophy, Facility Planning, Field Experience Programs, Flexible Scheduling, Found Spaces, High Schools, Hotels, Learning Problems, School Business Relationship, Teacher Participation, Vocational Education
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Educational Facilities Labs., Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: New York City School Space Study, NY.; New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY.
Identifiers: Mini Schools