eStem High Public Charter School

Little Rock, Arkansas

The success of the eStem Public Charter Schools has exceeded everyone’s expectations since its establishment in 2008. With a waiting list of 1,200 children in Little Rock and its vicinity, it became apparent that an expansion was a vital short term goal for the eStem administration. In 2009, WER presented conceptual plans to move the High School into the Federal Reserve Bank Building and annex across the street from the current charter school. Working closely with Southern Bancorp, the building’s owner, the 1924 historic landmark in downtown Little Rock now serves 500 high school students as Arkansas’ first public charter high school. This project was awarded an ASID Excellence in Design Gold Award, a Quapaw Quarter Association Award of Merit and a Historic Preservation Alliance Award.