Kinneret Day School

Kinneret Day School


The Kinneret Day School is renowned for combining excellent academics with a creative, non-denominational Jewish education.  As the school has grown into the local institution it has become, it is exploring options for expansion.  One option was to build a new school on the campus of a local temple.
This design plays off of the mid-century modern aesthetic of the existing temple building, with its warm brick, fieldstone and wood siding, while providing the school with an all-new state-of-the-art campus.  The program, including twenty-four classrooms fro pre-K through eighth grade students, multipurpose/auditorium, gymnasium, library, and a complement of specialty learning spaces.  The entire school is built atop a green platform that covers an existing below-grade parking area.
The school interior centers on an atrium, a three-level main street for the academic community, open and light filled.  In addition to the new lawn above the parking area, a learning garden is placed on an accessible roof.  Special attention was paid to preserving the temple’s autonomy and views.