General Resources

New Jersey Regulations and Guidelines
Chapter 26: New Jersey Department of Education Facilities Planning Standards
The Planning and Construction Standards for School Facilities which are design requirements used in conjunction with the Uniform Construction Code in the design of New Jersey Public Schools.

New Jersey Department of Education Facility Efficiency Standards
The Facility Efficiency Standards used in planning and determining educational program net square footage and gross square footage for early childhood centers, elementary, middle, and high schools.

Chapter 72: New Jersey Educational Facilities Construction Financing Act

New Jersey School Development Authority

New Jersey Department of Community Affairs | Division of Codes and Standards
Best Practice Standards for Schools Under Construction

School Design Sites

American Architectural Foundation; Great Schools by Design
Great Schools by Design is a national initiative of the American Architectural Foundation that seeks to improve the quality of America’s schools and the communities they serve by promoting collaboration, excellence and innovation in school design.

American Institute of Architects Knowledge Community Architecture for Education
The Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) is a large and active group of architects and allied professionals concerned with the quality and design of all types of educational, cultural, and recreational facilities.

Architects of Achievement
Offers facilities design expertise and educational program planning services to communities, school districts, and organizations engaged in designing or renovating buildings, to support powerful small schools and educational complexes.

Council of Educational Facility Planners International
Established in 1921, CEFPI is a worldwide professional 501(c)3 non-profit association whose sole mission is improving the places where children learn.

DesignShare is the central address for the very best in educational facilities and their impact on the learning process.

KnowledgeWorks Foundation
The foundation provides funding and leadership for initiatives aimed at ensuring all students receive an education that prepares them for success in college and careers and focuses on redesigning urban high schools, increasing college access, and enhancing workforce education

National Clearing House for Educational Facilities
Created in 1997 by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities (NCEF) provides information on planning, designing, funding, building, improving, and maintaining safe, healthy, high performance schools.

United States Department of Education
This linked page hyper-lists the USDOE initiatives.

Whole Building Design Guide – Educational Facilities

Resource Sites

National Center for Educational Statistics

National Park Service
The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties are required when an existing school with historic designation is being renovated or a new school is being built within an historic district.