Positive Tomorrows School

This new, privately funded elementary school provides educational opportunities for homeless children in Oklahoma City.

Location:
Oklahoma City, OK
Owner:
Positive Tomorrows
Architect:
MA+ Architecture

45,000

Total Square Feet

Educating homeless children and their families

The Big Picture

One in every ten elementary-aged kids in the Oklahoma City area is homeless. Positive Tomorrows is on a mission to provide those children with an education. Partnering with GE Johnson, they set out to build an elementary school to serve this marginalized population. The new, 36,000-square-foot facility includes classrooms for students up to fifth grade, as well as spaces for art, music, special education, a library, and outdoor educational opportunities. Offices and family services will also be housed within the school. The goal is to offer both learning opportunities for children and support to help families break the cycle of poverty. 

Ingenuity in Action

During the project, Positive Tomorrows invited GE Johnson to introduce students to careers in the construction industry. The presentation from the GE Johnson team included Stretch & Flex (safety protocol), a safety overview, and practical, interactive demonstrations illustrating the role of the construction superintendent on the jobsite. 

74
Student capacity before construction
210
Annual enrollment in the new facility
The little details
  • When Positive Tomorrows became aware of tax guidelines that could delay the project, they came to GE Johnson requesting help. We devised a plan to phase the project, enabling construction to start on schedule.
  • Positive Tomorrows will be able to expand their services to include infants through eighth grade.