Arrowstreet is currently designing a new high school for Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP), a charter school located in Cumberland, Rhode Island. When it came to the design, BVP wanted an environment that was colorful and inspiring, but didn’t look or feel like a traditional high school. Turning to BVP’s own culture for inspiration, our graphics studio developed a series of environmental graphics that complement and enhance the architecture and add the desired wow factor.

The overall concept features P.R.I.D.E. (Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Discipline, and Enthusiasm); the school’s core set of principles. Oversized letters on colorful accent walls are paired with quotes chosen by members of the BVP community. Each letter is set in a different typeface to represent BVP’s diverse community of people and ideas. The graphics are strategically placed throughout the school to inspire and encourage staff and scholars each day.

On a smaller scale, short quotes and words of wisdom are installed in unexpected and sometimes hidden locations around the school. These “words of encouragement” are intended to motivate and sometimes surprise scholars.

At the school’s entrance, BVP’s mission statement is surrounded by individual photos of each of the scholars, designed to emphasize the important role they play as the centerpiece of the BVP community.

The school is currently under construction and is expected to be completed later this year.

Topics: environmental graphics, education, academic, Blackstone Valley Prep, Graphics, Institutional