Jack E. Singley Academy

Irving, TX

Project Description

The Jack E. Singley Academy (formerly known as the Academy at Irving ISD) was designed around an innovative instructional model that incorporates rigorous academic expectations with specific awareness of career goals for ninth to twelfth grade students. Each specialization has its own core and special hands-on instruction learning labs, instructional team office area, workroom and conference areas.

The initial concepts for the 193,000-square-foot, 1300-student Academy were identified by a community-based needs assessment of desired employable skills; a career interest survey of parents and students; and following bond issue funding, a facilitated curriculum and facility planning process that engaged teachers, curriculum specialist, business and professional practitioners in the development of the curriculum and the educational specifications.

The Academy was Texas’ first public high school with one-to-one computing (one personal laptop computer for each student). Within two years of its opening, it became the district’s high school model for student success utilizing small learning communities, relevant authentic learning experiences and laptop-supported instruction for all high school students across the K-12 district of more than 30,000 students. The U.S. Department of Education along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recognized the Academy as a national model for implementation of Smaller Learning Communities.



American Association of School Administrators.
Walter Taylor Architecture Award - Outstanding Educational Environment

Council of Educational Facility Planners International.
Project of Distinction Award

National School Boards Association Exhibition of School Architecture. Special Citation

School Construction News. Citation Award

School Planning & Management | CEFPI Impact on Learning Award

1) Process of Planning,
2) Design,
3)Educational Appropriateness and 4)Innovation

Texas Construction Magazine. Award of Merit - Public Project

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