Casis Elementary School
Casis Elementary School opened in 1951 as a model for collaborative design among public schools in the post-World War II era. The school successfully integrated primary education programs with an advanced special education program within a single public-school campus. Casis Elementary received a full modernization as part of the 2017 Bond Program.
The school’s connection to the neighborhood and natural environment a treasured parts of the original building. With this feedback from the community, AISD created a “school within a forest” that championed the Casis tradition of connecting with nature.
Many parts of the new school are inspired by its history, so it still feels like the Casis you know and love, but designed for a modern era. When you walk through Casis, you’ll see a clear link to nature in nearly every space — from the outdoor classroom overlooking Casis Forest, to the rooftop fitness deck and even the colors of the walls. Each classroom has flexible furniture that can be rearranged to best suit the learning material and each student’s learning style. Additional collaboration spaces provide teachers visibility while giving students the space for independent work.
The school features a connected cafeteria and gym, library with a reading den and a community room that can be used by the Casis community. Casis Elementary was also built with a wide range of sustainable features, including water-saving fixtures, ample natural light, native and adapted landscape plants, and recycled construction material. While the building has been transformed, the passion for nature and community connection remains the same.
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