Georgetown ISD’s newest elementary school, Annie Purl Elementary, opened in August 2017, and was designed to support the district's Learner Profile, a strategic framework used to develop specific actions and measurable goals for instruction. This spring, that building was recognized by Learning by Design as an 2018 Outstanding Project. Projects that are of merit and exhibit design features worthy of emulation are recognized by the organization. 49 schools were recognized nationwide; Purl is one of seven noteworthy schools in Texas.
Annie Purl Elementary features innovative learning spaces designed to foster creativity, collaboration and self-knowledge. Flexible learning spaces, including an outdoor courtyard, learning stairs, a makerspace and reading nooks, offer students and teachers choice in the space they use to learn.
Purl also gives a nod to the historic downtown Georgetown community with photo murals of iconic views, including fields of red poppies and the summertime swimming hotspot Blue Hole, as well as storefront images from the Square applied to the walls between classrooms and hallways.
Purl was constructed with funds from a 2015 bond, along with the new George Wagner Middle School, as well as renovations and additions to Tippit Middle School, all designed around the Learner Profile and the future workplaces these students will encounter.