9 of the most stunningly designed schools in America

Students who go to well-designed schools can learn much better —  a year-long study from British researchers shows that kids benefit more from schools designed to be inviting and friendly. After all, it certainly doesn’t help to feel like you’re spending the day in a crumbling brick prison. 

When you look for architecturally stunning educational buildings, international schools often dominate the spotlight. But the United States, too, has a long list of schools with beautiful, innovative designs. Here are a few of them.

These unconventionally shaped buildings make up the Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona, California.

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The buildings were built on a hill that at first seemed impractical, if not impossible, according to Architecture Week.

The buildings at the Ramon Cortines School of Performing Arts are shaped like irregular pyramids. The school was built on the edge of Chinatown in Los Angeles, California.

The curved, spiral element that wraps around the top of one of its buildings is a signature part of its design.

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The Amino Lenox Charter High School in Inglewood, California has a vented wall on one side.

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The Youngker High School in Buckeye, Arizona added this modern performing arts center to its campus.

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The building's expansive auditorium seats 600 people.

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Sandy High School in Sandy, Oregon doubled in size when it was renovated in 2012.

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The building sits at the edge of some Oregonian woodlands.

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The Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy was built inside a renovated warehouse in Chicago, Illinois. It serves 180 students as a charter high school focused on the STEM fields.

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While the academy's building retains some of the warehouse's industrial features, the walls and floors are brightly coloured and inviting.

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The Riverview High School in Riverview, Florida is expansive.

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The building has plenty of windows, and the wide layout allows for huge cafeteria and library spaces.

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Jones College Prep High School in Chicago has a similarly long design.

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Jones' expansive halls allows for pleasant walks to class and the windows let in plenty of sunlight.

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It's uniquely wedged between many buildings in Chicago's cityscape.

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Believe it or not, there's a charter school in Chicago that's focused on soccer, called UNO Elementary School Soccer Academy.

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The school has a huge soccer field in back and a curved window design that covers multiple floors. The school serves 575 students.

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