The new Stadacona school: the first Lab-School to see the light of day

Press release – The Center de services scolaire de la Capitale (CSSC) and the Lab-École introduce the new primary school Stadacona, which will welcome its first students at the start of the school year on 29 August. This school is also the first of 6 Lab-School projects to see the light of day in Quebec.

The Lab-School offers a new way to design schools in Quebec with innovative initiatives in the areas of the physical environment, healthy and active lifestyles and nutrition. Created in close collaboration with each environment, these laboratory schools are open to the community, place the student at the center of reflection and are adapted to their needs and those of the staff who accompany them on a daily basis.

A SCHOOL IN LEVELS WITH A COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL CALLINGS

The innovative architectural concept of the Stadacona School, designed by Jérôme Lapierre Architecte and the Lab-École, and executed by the firm of ABCP architecture, is based on a construction in levels, which multiplies the access to the outside thanks to the habitable roofs. In particular, the school includes collaborative spaces, a gallery, kitchen and dining room that can be opened to the community outside of class hours. The strong and enduring architectural identity allows the development of a real environment of school and community life.

The project represents a $25.8 million investment from the Ministry of Education (MEQ). This school will be the 68th branch and the 47th primary school on the territory of the CSSC, which has more than 31,000 students. Located on the west side of the Limoilou district, at the corner of avenue François-1er and rue de l’Espinay, the school has 4 classes at nursery level and 16 at lower level. It accommodates 317 students from 4-year kindergarten to 6th grade.

“I am delighted with the opening of the Stadacona School, which will become a place of encounters, discovery and learning for generations of students in the Limoilou district. I would like to thank all partners through whom students and staff benefit from a modern school whose inspiring environment is conducive to development and academic success. »

Pierre Lapointe, Director General of the Center de services scolaire de la Capitale

“The Stadacona School is the result of more than five years of work, and I am extremely proud and touched to see that the children have finally appropriated the spaces we designed for them. The school fits perfectly in Limoilou and will become one of the most beautiful places in the district. It’s a school kids want to go to every morning with a smile, and nothing makes me happier! »

Pierre Thibault, architect and co-founder of Lab-École

“We dream that every school has a dining room, an outdoor dining area, and that these places become opportunities to meet, learn and exchange. Stadacona School is beautiful and has it all. It’s like a big house where you want to rest and settle down. What is beautiful and important is the openness to the neighborhood so that the whole community can benefit from it. A school of Limoilou for Limoilou. »

Ricardo Larrivee, Chef, Host, Co-Founder of Ricardo Média and Co-Founder of Lab-École

“The Stadacona school is a laboratory school in which we will test and evaluate new ideas and methods. It has a courtyard with one of the best views in Quebec City and children can play in complete safety on the roof. It is now one of those schools that will help influence future construction to make it a better environment for school staff and children in Quebec. »

Pierre Lavoie, co-founder of the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie, athlete, speaker and co-founder of the Lab-École

ABOUT THE CENTER DE SERVICES SCOLAIRE DE LA CAPITAL
The Center de services scolaire de la Capitale is the 9th largest school service center in Quebec. Mainly located in Quebec City, the CSSC is notably present in:

• the municipalities of La Cité-Limoilou, des Rivières and La Haute-Saint-Charles;
• the municipality of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier;
• the towns of Fossambault-sur-le-Lac, Lac-Saint-Joseph, Shannon and Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier.

School website: ecole-stadacona.cssc.gouv.qc.ca
CSSC website: https://cssc.gouv.qc.ca/
The enrollment period in CSSC institutions for the 2022-2023 school year has ended. For the year 2023-2024, the period will take place between 6 and 14 February 2023.

ABOUT THE LAB SCHOOL

The Lab-École is a non-profit organization financially supported by the MEQ whose mission is to bring together multidisciplinary expertise to design the schools of tomorrow; schools that meet the needs and realities of students and those who support them.

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The Quebec Lab School

context

Founded in 2017, Lab-École is a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring together multidisciplinary expertise to design the schools of tomorrow. Stimulated by its three founding members, Pierre Thibault, Pierre Lavoie and Ricardo Larrivee, the Lab-École aims to mobilize this collective reflection to make it a social project. Five years later, the first Lab-School is preparing to welcome its first students.

The Lab-School aims to become a catalyst for change and innovation to create the best schools, schools that fully promote the well-being, development of everyone’s potential and the success of students and all those who revolve around them. By providing a redesigned physical environment, responding to the development of a healthy and active lifestyle and promoting healthy eating, the Lab-École aims to serve as a model for the future generation of primary schools in Quebec and around the world.

In order to apply, test and measure these proposals, 6 school service centers/school boards are supported by the Lab-School in designing and executing their own school project.

The six projects: https://www.lab-ecole.com/projets-selectionnes-lab-ecole/

Stadacona School

The first of six Lab-Schools to be created, the Stadacona School, is located in Vieux-Limoilou, on the edge of the Vanier district. This sector has experienced significant population growth in recent years, as a result of which the three surrounding primary schools have become overcrowded. The new school will thus make it possible to respond to this new demographic context, while being part of a major revitalization project for this sector of the city, which has a high deprivation index.

A habitable threshold

The new Stadacona school is the result of a collaboration between the Lab-School team, Jérôme Lapierre Architect, ABCP architecture and the Center de services scolaire de la Capitale (CSSC). Consulting teachers, children and CSSC professionals was very important to create a physical environment that meets their needs and contributes to well-being and educational success.

The school is easily accessible by active transport, mainly on foot. Within an acceptable one-mile radius, there are also plenty of green spaces, such as the Cartier-Brébeuf Park bordering the Saint-Charles River, the Grand Marché de Québec a stone’s throw away and the Patro Roc-Amadour.

A double gym full of light

The school will house 20 classes, 4 of which are kindergarten level and 16 lower level, in addition to spaces for collaboration and eating. Given the makeup of its prospective clientele and the surrounding population, the school has a resolutely community and social calling. Due to the rather dense urban context, the project prefers a vertical typology and uses the potential of its roofs to increase the reception capacity of the outdoor playgrounds.

The school will house 20 classes, 4 of which are kindergarten level and 16 lower level, in addition to spaces for collaboration and eating. Given the makeup of its prospective clientele and the surrounding population, the school has a resolutely community and social calling. Due to the rather dense urban context, the project prefers a vertical typology and uses the potential of its roofs to increase the reception capacity of the outdoor playgrounds.

Stadacona School has:

• A reception square that serves as a connection between the neighbourhood, the school, the heart and the backyard.
• Changing rooms off the corridors, strategically positioned at the various entrances, making it a “bootless” school.
• A gallery: the community heart of the school. It is a crossroads of a thousand and one activities, it brings students together for events and is not just a reading place.
• A fragmented library to get closer to children and encourage reading and borrowing of books at all ages.
• A double gymnasium whose acoustics, abundant windows and mezzanine enhance the experience for both users and spectators.
• A huge island on top of the grandstand where an entire class or young people from the nursery can sit for culinary activities.
• Corridors that are not… these are learning streets. Free from changing rooms, you can do projects, work individually or in a team and also relax by reading a good book, for example.
• In the 2nd and 3rd cycle, the lessons are grouped around common areas called learning communities. Students will gather there to carry out work and projects in various school subjects.
• A wonderful outdoor lesson, with a breathtaking view over Quebec.
• Liveable roofs that are an extension of the yard where children can play safely.
• Outdoor spaces that are places of discovery and learning, at the level of children.
• Fittings and furniture that allow flexibility and versatility in the use of spaces according to needs.

“laboratory” school

A consortium of researchers led by the Faculty of Education at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) was commissioned to assess the impact of Lab-Schools on the educational success and well-being of students and staff who mentor them.

Cost
This project represents a $25.8 million investment from the Ministère de l’Éducation.

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