The new high school completes the ascension that was generated by the upward growth of the recently completed elementary school. This extension of form is symbolic to the journey of a student as he/she continues their path to adulthood. The building design maintains a similar language, albeit unique, that was set in place by the elementary school by defining facades and apertures directed towards downtown Chicago and the future Soccer Academy to encourage, motivate, and inspire the students. Simultaneously, the high school makes a bold statement with its own unique design features and complimentary spaces which continue the growth of the UNO Soccer Academy master plan.The high school design engages the elementary school, creating a large public square. With the high school as a backdrop, this “Zócalo” space is a large gathering space were community and school events can be held at the center, much like the famous square located in the heart of Mexico City, Mexico. Locating this plaza centrally between the two schools and the adjacent community, celebrates and exemplifies UNO’s integration and engagement with the Gage Park community. Emerging from the high school, into the aforementioned plaza, is a sculpted amphitheater viewing back towards the elementary school and the Zócalo. The large plaza in a sense becomes a theatrical space to be viewed by the terraced seating that descends from the high school. Passing through the Zócalo along the high school’s northern wing is a gateway designed to channel community members and students into the future master plan. The dialogue between the two schools is the first of the master plan and becomes a catalyst for further growth in Gage Park.Connectivity from indoor to outdoor space is essential to the development of the young students. With this in mind the high school design goes to great lengths to encourage interaction between students and outdoor space. On the southern portion of the facility is a series of accessible green roof terraces that gradually descend downward leading into the amphitheater and eventually the Zócalo. Corridors align the exterior walls bringing natural light into the classrooms and hallways. The multipurpose room points north towards downtown giving spectacular views of the skyline. In addition to the nearly 180 degree view from the multipurpose space is a grass berm that connects students directly to the elementary school, downtown, and future UNO Soccer Academy master plan.