DMR designed the new Carteret Junior High School, currently under construction, following a successful $37 million referendum.
The design accommodates for approximately 600 seventh and eighth grade students, which will allow for a reassignment and realignment that will eventually result in the three existing elementary schools serving preK-4; the existing middle school serving grades 5 and 6; the new junior high school serving grades 7 and 8; and the existing high school serving grades 9-12. In addition to addressing overcrowding, the construction of the new school will open up space to provide full-day kindergarten and additional pre-K programs.
The 60,000 SF school will be arranged in a departmentalized environment, with 24 classrooms, enhanced art and music education spaces, think tank and STEM lab.
The process first required DMR to update the long range facility plan and provide schematic design services prior to the successful referendum. Also funded through the referendum, DMR is completing additional upgrades to each of the district’s other facilities.