Simon G. Atkins

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Biotechnology, computer technology and pre-engineering high schools consolidated in one building

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools

Completion Date

199,500 SF

Project Type
New Construction, High School, Magnet Technology Schools

2007 Learning by Design Award, National School Boards Association

Professional Credits
Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects, PA

A new model for a technology magnet school

Simon G. Atkins Academic & Technology High School was one of the first new high schools to be built in Forsyth County in over 40 years. A technology magnet school, Atkins is unique in that it was designed to house essentially three separate schools, representing biotechnology, computer technology, and pre-engineering.

We worked with school system leaders in conceptualizing a prototype for this hybrid type of school. Three separate two-story classroom wings are connected along a common corridor to encourage collaboration among the schools and provide a sense of unity and common purpose for the students. The use of natural light, color, and technology throughout the school further enhances the student experience.

Wesley Curtis, AIA

Principal / Vice President
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