Video showcases progress on design for new Relief Elementary

HISD released a new video that shows staff, parents, and architects working together to plan the design of a new elementary school in the west Houston area that will be built to relieve crowding.

The school, known as Relief Elementary until it gets an official name, will be located on a 10-acre site on Old Farm Road near the Buffalo Bayou, less than a few blocks north of Westheimer Road between Hillcroft Street and Fondren Road. The school will be immersed in nature on a woody site that offers views of the bayou and allows learning areas such as science and art rooms to easily open to the outdoors.

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“It’s a very exciting project,” said architect Kathleen English of English + Associates Architects, the firm designing the new school. “We have the opportunity to create a whole new school at the heart of a community that is growing very rapidly.”

The school’s Project Advisory Team, comprised of staff, parents and community members from neighboring schools, have offered the architects ideas on how to make the campus a unique state-of-the-art facility.

“They’re not big box schools anymore,” said HISD parent Becky Luman. “They’re 21st century schools. They’re going to be designed in such so that when the kids walk in the door, they’re excited about learning.”