12 of the most beautiful schools around the US

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In Birmingham, Alabama, the Indian Springs school allows kids to study both inside and outside. In 2016, the American Institute of Architects awarded it an Education Facilities Design Award, in part for its plant-lined elevated walkways.

In Birmingham, Alabama, the Indian Springs school allows kids to study both inside and outside. In 2016, the American Institute of Architects awarded it an Education Facilities Design Award, in part for its plant-lined elevated walkways.

Architects: Lake Flato Architects

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The 350-acre boarding and day school blends in with nature to create a calming learning environment with plenty of light.

The 350-acre boarding and day school blends in with nature to create a calming learning environment with plenty of light.
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Henderson Hopkins School, an elementary school in Baltimore, Maryland, mimics the look of East Baltimore's brick row houses.

Henderson Hopkins School, an elementary school in Baltimore, Maryland, mimics the look of East Baltimore's brick row houses.

Architects: Rogers Partners

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Its interior features high slatted ceilings and a flowing design that has a modern, industrial feel while also catering to students looking to study.

Its interior features high slatted ceilings and a flowing design that has a modern, industrial feel while also catering to students looking to study.
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Sandy Hook Elementary, rebuilt in 2016, uses clever design elements to hide the high level of security that pervades the campus.

Sandy Hook Elementary, rebuilt in 2016, uses clever design elements to hide the high level of security that pervades the campus.

Architects: Svigals + Partners

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In addition to multiple security checkpoints and hidden cameras, there are floor-to-ceiling windows, colorful metal blinds, and 20-foot-high aluminum trees.

In addition to multiple security checkpoints and hidden cameras, there are floor-to-ceiling windows, colorful metal blinds, and 20-foot-high aluminum trees.
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Some of the US's most beautiful schools, perhaps unsurprisingly, are boarding schools with sizable endowments. Emma Willard School, in Troy, New York, evokes a medieval feel.

Some of the US's most beautiful schools, perhaps unsurprisingly, are boarding schools with sizable endowments. Emma Willard School, in Troy, New York, evokes a medieval feel.
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The school was founded in 1821 and has an all-female student body.

The school was founded in 1821 and has an all-female student body.
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Similarly, Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire could easily pass for a university. It was recently voted the most elite boarding school in the US.

Similarly, Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire could easily pass for a university. It was recently voted the most elite boarding school in the US.

Source: Business Insider

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With its dark brick and white accents, it has an undeniable New England style. Many of today's most successful people once walked through its leafy outdoor pathways.

With its dark brick and white accents, it has an undeniable New England style. Many of today's most successful people once walked through its leafy outdoor pathways.
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Vashon Island High School in Vashon, Washington features a red, low-slung roof and could easily live in a desert climate based just on looks.

Vashon Island High School in Vashon, Washington features a red, low-slung roof and could easily live in a desert climate based just on looks.

Architects: Integrus Architecture

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Inside it has a clean wood finish and makes consistent use of straight lines.

Inside it has a clean wood finish and makes consistent use of straight lines.
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E3 Civic High, in San Diego, California, uses creative design to fit into its home: the San Diego Central Library.

E3 Civic High, in San Diego, California, uses creative design to fit into its home: the San Diego Central Library.
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The school takes up the sixth and seventh floors and features movable walls, modular furniture, and a plaza for assemblies and meals. It's also LEED Gold-certified.

The school takes up the sixth and seventh floors and features movable walls, modular furniture, and a plaza for assemblies and meals. It's also LEED Gold-certified.
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Wilkes Elementary School blends a hard, concrete design with soft landscaping to create a unique hybrid exterior.

Wilkes Elementary School blends a hard, concrete design with soft landscaping to create a unique hybrid exterior.

Architects: Mahlum

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Contrast that with its playful, colorful interior where kids roam on green floors and plop down in beanbag chairs.

Contrast that with its playful, colorful interior where kids roam on green floors and plop down in beanbag chairs.
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Seattle's Nathan Hale High School takes a similar approach, for which the American Institute of Architects recognized it as one of the best new constructions in 2014.

Seattle's Nathan Hale High School takes a similar approach, for which the American Institute of Architects recognized it as one of the best new constructions in 2014.

Architects: Mahlum

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Sleek glass facades and high ceilings give the school a fresh, minimalist feel.

Sleek glass facades and high ceilings give the school a fresh, minimalist feel.
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In 2015, the AIA awarded Nueva School's Bay Meadows campus in San Mateo, California the Shirley Cooper Award for its breezy, open layout.

In 2015, the AIA awarded Nueva School's Bay Meadows campus in San Mateo, California the Shirley Cooper Award for its breezy, open layout.

Architects: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

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Students can walk between classes while passing by random pops of color. Despite living in an urban commuter area, the school has a tight-knit, suburban feel.

Students can walk between classes while passing by random pops of color. Despite living in an urban commuter area, the school has a tight-knit, suburban feel.
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Sandy High School, in Sandy, Oregon, won the 2013 AIA Educational Facility Design Excellence Award.

Sandy High School, in Sandy, Oregon, won the 2013 AIA Educational Facility Design Excellence Award.

Architects: IBI Group Architects

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Beneath its stacked, sloping roof are wide and light-filled hallways and a massive gymnasium. The school measures 310,000 square feet in total.

Beneath its stacked, sloping roof are wide and light-filled hallways and a massive gymnasium. The school measures 310,000 square feet in total.
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Renovated from an old factory from 1914, the Baltimore Design School in Maryland repurposes the vast space as a middle and high school.

Renovated from an old factory from 1914, the Baltimore Design School in Maryland repurposes the vast space as a middle and high school.

Architects: Ziger/Snead Architects

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Mixed with the industrial style of the building's skeleton, the contemporary design adds shocks of color through furniture and accents.

Mixed with the industrial style of the building's skeleton, the contemporary design adds shocks of color through furniture and accents.
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