Lake Wylie High School, Clover
Lake Wylie High School, Clover
Lake Wylie High School, Clover
Lake Wylie High School, Clover
Lake Wylie High School, Clover
Lake Wylie High School, Clover
Lake Wylie High School, Clover
Lake Wylie High School, Clover
Lake Wylie High School, Clover
Lake Wylie High School, Clover
Lake Wylie High School, Clover
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Lake Wylie High School, Clover School District

As York County, SC experiences rapid development, Clover School District needed a new high school to accommodate increasing enrollment. The resulting new Lake Wylie High School is design to intellectually engage students and inspire cultural growth.

McMillan Pazdan Smith began by providing conceptual design to support the district’s successful bond referendum efforts. We conducted a programming study that informed a flexible scheduling approach that maximizes space utilization by scheduling individual classroom use rather than assigning them teacher ownership. This allows the three-story facility to house 2,100 students at opening, with capacity for expansion to 2,600.

Learning is extended beyond traditional classrooms through adaptable multi-purpose spaces, both inside and out. Academic “houses” are organized around collaboration zones, each with adjoining outdoor classrooms. Strategically locating collaboration areas for efficient operations and safety is critical to program success, and it is achieved with enhanced open sightlines and interior vista windows enabling passive supervision.

Cross-collaboration hallways and breakout zones facilitate campus-wide assembly and spontaneous learning opportunities. Reflecting the community’s appreciation for nature, the design fosters outdoor education while bringing the outside in through an interior palette inspired by the site’s geographic features. A bright and airy layout lined with generous windows to green spaces surrounding the campus reinforces this connection.

Sustainability meets long term operability with features such as a geothermal mechanical system, low flow plumbing fixtures, LED lighting throughout, and a reduction in ceiling systems. When complete the project will be 407,000 square feet across three levels and bring a new era of world-class education for York County students.