It’s not obvious from this picture, but the Science Leadership Academy is not a fancy looking building. It’s also not a very large building, and when I walked inside the building, I didn’t feel like I was in an amazing place. The open learning spaces were an interesting feature, but are certainly not unique to SLA.
The message I got is that a strong school is not about the building, it’s about the people. So before you go and build your fancy building, remember to make sure it contains the supplies you’ll need, and that you support the work people will do in the building.