Design a School

This task force gives students the responsibility of designing an ideal private, public, or charter school.

Task Force: Design a School


You have been selected by the Department of Education to design a public, private, or charter school. Your goal is to consider the various school types and try to come up with one design for a school that meets the necessary requirements for each (i.e. what features are exclusive to a public, private or charter school?).

 Why Are We Doing This?:

Every type of school has certain features and characteristics that make it stand out in comparison to others. Your goal here is to design a school type while taking those features into consideration to create an “ideal” school of that design. For example, if you are assigned the task of designing a public school you have to brainstorm how to design a school that includes the main characteristics of it. 


  1. After doing some research, try to design the type of school you are assigned to (public, private, charter). Consider questions such as:
    1. How will your group incentivize students to join?
    2. How will your group consider the needs of various students?
    3. Will your school cost money? How will you provide for students of lower socioeconomic statuses?
    4. Will students have to apply to your school? What kinds of assessments will be featured in the application process?
  2. Think through the possible objections about your school design that someone could have and how you would answer them.
  3. Share with the group and see if you can convince them that you have created the best version of the school type you were assigned to.

Things to Keep in Mind:

  • You do not have to come up with an exhaustive list of features and requirements for your school. Brainstorm a few main ones that you feel confident defending.
  • Remember to create a design while also preserving your school type. If you have been assigned to a private school, your design should properly reflect that.
  • Come up with features that a school system could realistically implement.