Northstar Middle School is the third middle school to be constructed in the Eau Claire Area School District since the early 1970's, and it houses between 750 and 800 students.
The school is located on a sloping, wooded site on Eau Claire's north side. Building into the hill at the east side of the site allows for on-grade access to both levels of the two-story school and reduces the apparent scale of the 120,000 square foot building and its impact on the surrounding neighborhood.
The two-story classroom section is divided into grade-level ?houses? that accommodate grades six, seven, and eight. Each grade level has its own identity and houses its own science labs, computer labs, lockers, and toilets.
Also included in the new middle school are a two-station gymnasium, swimming pool, and a tiered commons that will function both as a cafeteria and an auditorium. The IMC and classrooms for family and consumer education, tech ed., and art are centrally located at the core of the classroom section.