John S. McCain III Elementary School is Buckeye Elementary School District’s 9th school. The school aspires to break the traditional school design formula and become a model for schools of the future. The school is designed to have three learning communities based on age groups K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Each learning community will have dedicated maker spaces and shared breakout spaces that will facilitate individualized learning opportunities. The conceptual design theme of the project (Taking Flight) is derived from the life of its namesake, the late Sen. John McCain, who served as a jet fighter pilot on an aircraft carrier during his time in the Navy and conceptualizes the school as a springboard for its students to take flight in their lives and education, just as an aircraft carrier facilitates the flight of military aircraft.
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