Education specifications are a set of project requirements designed to support the educational program of the school and the district. The educational program includes the curricula, student, and staff support programs, along with the teaching and learning activities that occur throughout the school day and year. By gathering input from educators, students, and community members, the architects have been better able to design a facility that supports teaching, learning, and the physical environment in which they occur. The facility not only supports, but is part of, the educational program.
More specifically, the educational specifications are based on the district’s goals, objectives, policies, and community input. For example, the specifications will take into consideration the enrollment of the school and the grade-level configuration; the curriculum content and teaching methods; the function of each space and its spatial relationship to other areas of the school; and the community activities that may occur at the school.