Designed to serve a growing community, LAUSD’s Elementary School (ES) #9 began with a simple goal: create an open, welcoming campus for students while maximizing convenience to parents and administration. The campus includes 26 classrooms in a new, three-story building, along with a library and administration offices. To promote 21st century teaching and learning, classrooms are designed to promote on student collaboration and flexible instruction. The classroom building features ample secondary spaces on the upper floors that include teacher workrooms, speech therapy rooms, and resource specialist classrooms. Adjacent to the classroom building is the multi-purpose building that includes a multi-purpose space, kitchen, staff lunchroom, and a covered outdoor lunch area.Circular openings are repeated throughout the classroom building’s exterior façade with the intension of being playful elements of design, while providing opportunities for increased supervision. The openings offer visual connections from the upper outdoor decks to the playgrounds, providing teachers with better supervision capabilities. The circles are also a reminder that ES #9 is a place for kids and create a lively exterior that complements the energy and vivaciousness of the students and learning that occurs within.