Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Classrooms of the future
Photograph by Molly Christian

Believing that kids learn best when they’re not stuck behind desks in boring classrooms, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School created $500,000 open-concept flex spaces in the lower school. The spaces include common areas, barn doors instead of walls, and “wiggle chairs” that move along with antsy children. Educators from dozens of schools around the country—and three continents—have come to see how this visionary setup works.