Spring Branch ISD will celebrate Tuesday the grand opening of the new $33 million Hunters Creek Elementary School.
The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.12. The new school is located at 10650 Beinhorn Road, Houston.
Part of the 2017 Bond Program approved by 80 percent of Spring Branch ISD voters, Hunters Creek continues the transformation of district facilities that began with the 2007 Bond Program. With the current bond, the district will rebuild its eight remaining oldest elementary schools, in addition to Hunters Creek.
The 107,686 square-foot Hunters Creek Elementary replacement campus is an upgrade from the original 61,937 square-foot building that opened its doors in 1954, when enrollment at the campus was estimated to be about 500 students. The new campus is built to accommodate 700 students.
The new Hunters Creek maintains the same focus as the original – being at one with the surrounding neighborhood and natural surroundings. Large, open learning spaces and windows bring nature, trees, and foliage within arms-length of students and staff.
Collaborative areas adjacent to the classrooms have flexible furniture and active walls to support learning outside of the classrooms, for individual use or multi-class use. The cafeteria and gymnasium are designed with overhead doors to allow both spaces to become one contiguous space.
The grounds boast an outdoor covered play area, two play areas with equipment for all ages and a large playfield and walking track. A project advisory team comprised of parents, staff and community members served as an advisory group to provide input that informed the ultimate plan for the new building.
Classrooms are built around a central courtyard, with outdoor learning spaces, which helps to extend learning to the outdoors. All classrooms receive natural light and are equipped with flexible furniture and active walls.