Ronald Thornton Middle School in Fort Bend ISD is a two-story 228,566 SF building designed with a capacity of 1,367 students. Located in Sienna Plantation, this repeat school design shares a site with Donald Leonetti Elementary School with each school having independent circulation for on-site vehicular traffic. Traditional classrooms are utilized by the students and staff; however, there have been various architectural design elements incorporated into the facility to promote next generation learning concepts and encourage student collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to prepare students for their future endeavors. Collaborative learning flex spaces, state of the art technology, daylighting skylights and flexible lighting controls were strategically arranged throughout the school to accommodate a variety of daily activities and gathering places to stimulate every child type with a healthy educational environment. Ronald Thornton Middle School is currently aiming to earn LEED® certification by the U.S. Green Building Council by integrating a sustainable site, optimizing energy-saving features, using recycled content and regional materials, maximizing indoor environmental quality and utilizing the school as a “building as a teacher” tool.