cox graae + spack architects designed a replacement for the Potomac School’s aging Lower School with a new facility that expresses their mission to teach environmental stewardship beginning with the youngest students. Located on the wooded northwest edge of the campus, each classroom connects directly to an outdoor teaching courtyard with towering oak trees as well as nearby fields and an open-air Science Pavilion. In addition to 13 academic classrooms, there are dedicated educational spaces for science, art, music and a computer lab. The school’s library is centrally located and designed to be a special gathering space where the entire Lower School meets to begin their academic day.