Billy J. Baines Middle School has a capacity of 1,200 students at 225,254 SF. The school’s common spaces (administrative, library, courtyard, cafetorium) are centrally located for ease of access. Groups of two-three pods (125 students per pod) flank both sides of science and common spaces in the academic wing. Elective spaces are located in the noisy wing, which provides access to specialty learning spaces, fields and outdoors, while still maintaining a separation from quieter academic settings. The classroom groupings consist of four (4) core subject classrooms and a science lab, organized around a teacher team/support workroom area. These pods allow for the creation of smaller 125 students schools within the larger campus. Each grouping was strategically placed for the District’s standard grade level arrangements.