Several GSRA staff members were on-hand November 15th for the dedication of the new Balch Springs Middle School (designed by GSR Andrade Architects as part of the 2008 DISD Bond Program).
The future success of Balch Springs relies on the education of its children. The 196,000 s.f., 3-story Balch Springs Middle School was built to serve 1,250 children in grades six through eight living in the southwest portion of the city. This environmentally sustainable and technologically advanced school will give these children every opportunity for educational success and prepare them to become leaders within the community they will one day serve.
In addition to core classroom components, the new building also includes visual arts classrooms and performing arts facilities (with band, orchestra, drama classrooms and rehearsal rooms); 450-seat auditorium; primary and secondary gymnasiums with locker and shower facilities; full-service media center and library; cafeteria; family and consumer science classrooms; career education and investigation classrooms; as well as instructional technology and technology education classrooms. The facility also includes a 4,500 s.f. Youth and Family Center, operated in conjunction with Parkland Health System.