Fond du Lac Ojibwe School

After years of planning, the much-anticipated Fond du Lac Ojibwe School replaces scattered facilities and provides a central, inspired place of learning for pre K-12 students.

Located on the Fond du Lac Reservation, the school’s design includes a turtle-shaped entrance and commons area, spurring from community input. DSGW and the community design team created an enduring facility that accommodates a unique curriculum and a wide range of grade levels. Students share many spaces, however, there are distinct areas for different age groups including a separate Elementary School and Middle School/High School libraries.

The turtle is a symbol of longevity and strength and is the center of many Ojibwe stories. While the shape of the building is an obvious reflection of the traditions and values of the tribe, the facility’s interiors are also inspired by the Ojibwe colors.  The building is a symbol of community pride and will serve the Fond du Lac community for years to come.

Project:Fond du Lac Ojibwe K-12 School
Client:Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Location:Cloquet, Minnesota
Market:Education,Native American,