Harold G. Fearn Elementary School
Situated on the edge of Chicago's burgeoning western suburbs, Harold G. Fearn Elementary School is being developed by West Aurora School District to serve a new residential neighborhood. The new school, designed by Perkins & Will for 600 students, represents the second phase of a new campus that includes the newly completed Gary Jewel Middle School. The two schools and the North Aurora Parks Department share a campus of over 30 acres. With a construction budget of $7.1 million, the facility comprises 58,000 gross square feet of teaching and support space.
Flexible classroom clusters specifically designed for Fearn support a variety of curriculums and teaching methods such as looping, multi-grade classrooms, and traditional self-contained classrooms. A mobile resource center enhances teachers' ability to meet students' needs by delivering resources attuned to a specific curriculum, age-level, or project to the classroom. In addition, a unique partnership with Aurora University provides an on-site professional development center that serves as a readily accessible teaching laboratory, which promotes continual interaction between educational researchers, university students, and school staff.