Innovative, interactive elementary school coming to Viera

Principal Adrienne Schwab visits the construction site of the new Viera elementary school on Jan. 14.

Construction crews continue working seven days a week on Viera’s new elementary school in order to get the 120,000-square-foot building completed by the end of June.

The school, yet to be named, is located on a segment of Stadium Parkway currently inaccessible to the public.

The school will be flanked by a church and a 55-and-older community on its south side, and yet-to-be-built subdivisions on its north side.

"It’s being designed and constructed with students of today and tomorrow’s world in mind. Very modern. Very 21st century," said Adrienne Schwab, the school’s new principal, and the former principal of Meadowlane Intermediate.

The school building boasts 54 classrooms (40 feet by 40 feet) that will line its periphery, six resource rooms, a media center, a multi-purpose room with a stage, and separate art and music rooms.

Students will have access to computers every day. In the classroom, teachers will use a Promethean board, an "interactive whiteboard that allows you to project an image from a laptop or a computer, as well as interact with the board through touch or specialized pens," according to study.com.

"We are going to have some flexible high-impact seating options," Schwab added. Those include rocker options for students who need room to wiggle. "For some of the older grades, we’re hoping to have some options where students can stand to do their work instead of just sitting."

The interior will feature modern colors and furniture.

The school currently has open boundaries. Applications will be accepted beginning Feb. 3, with seats offered March 13.

All students in the district can apply. Manatee and Quest students will have preference.

Students accepted through the lottery process will be guaranteed a seat in subsequent years, but will need to fill out a renewal application every year, according to Schwab.

Enrollment will be capped off at 600 students this year, although the school’s capacity is 970. Four classes each for grades kindergarten through fourth and two classes each for grades 5 and 6 are anticipated.

"It’s exciting to build the school culture from the ground up," Schwab said. "My vision is to have a very collaborative, innovative learning environment for students."

For more information, go to @newbpselementary2020 on Facebook, the website Brevardschools.org/newVieraES2020, or contact BPS via email at Vieraareaelementary@brevardschools.org or by calling 321-735-9735.