Focus: RFH’s New Learning Commons Unveiled

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School has a new study area dubbed the Learning Commons.

The RFH administration and Board of Education recently celebrated the end of construction on a referendum to build the center that was passed in October of 2018 with a ribbon cutting unveiling the Commons. The ribbon-cutting event came after 10 months of construction, but has been open since early May.

The new, reconfigured space now not only houses the school library, but it also offers a fresh, brighter, more comfortable, and technologically advanced space that has also been transformed through the extension of the second floor. It now houses a more multipurpose space with small group study spaces, a presentation/seminar room and a gallery space for student artwork.  

The state-of-the-art furniture allows students a variety of options to study independently or work collaboratively and can be reconfigured for a variety of school, extracurricular, and community events.  

Students, staff, and guests enter the new space through a new breezeway. 

Phase 4 of the referendum also included a complete renovation of the school counseling space into a more welcoming, friendly, and efficient reconfigured suite that houses the school counseling and wellness teams next to each other with separate entrances, comfortable waiting areas, and private spaces, and a direct entrance into the new Learning Commons.  The new Counseling Suite was completed right after the opening of school this past September.

Phase 4 was the largest phase of the referendum project overall which included three earlier phases that renovated classrooms, created an Activities of Daily Living Room, a new state-of-the-art World Language Lab, science lab rooms and woodshop, a new track turf fields and girls locker room.  

The referendum projects were designed to better serve the educational, technological, and safety needs of RFH students through renovation and reconfiguring existing space for greater efficiency and flexibility. All updates are changes that recognize the way education relies on a collaborative approach and blends instruction with hands-on practice.

— Edited press release and photos from RFH

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