Nestled into the lush neighborhood of Arcadia is Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center (ANLC), a multi-graded school that goes outside the boundaries of traditional education. The vision of the school is to foster creative, joyful, life-long learning and develop self-directed, self-motivated and self-disciplined learners. The landscape and hardscape design for the new campus, currently under construction, reflects these goals with many unique features not commonly found in Arizona’s K-8 schools. The school grounds feature vegetable gardens, a certified natural habitat, outdoor classrooms, and an amphitheatre to provide enhanced exterior learning space, and the playgrounds feature a rolling hill, natural play area, as well as play courts, soccer and baseball fields and shaded play structures. The central spine of the campus is comprised of raised circular benches shaded by multi-trunked mesquite trees surrounded by a striping of integrally colored concrete and varying width and heights of concrete seating. The landscape palette is desert oasis, with lush, low-water use shrubs and shade trees and bio-swales for collecting and retaining surface run-off.