WAUKESHA – The details aren’t all in place just yet, but by the end
of the next school year students at Waukesha North High School could
have a coffee shop right inside their school.
North science teacher Eric Hill said the idea is to help create a
community feeling as the school continues to develop its use of
iPads as part of the Waukesha One program.
The program puts an iPad in the hands of every student.
“We wanted to create an environment that...fostered collaboration
between students,” he said.
This wouldn’t be just any corporate coffee shop franchise. The
concept calls for students to be involved in the design, marketing,
building and artistic elements of the project.
“We want to get every curricular area involved so that students have
ownership,” Hill said.
The project would be part of increasing personalized and blended
learning at the school, he added.
There aren’t any blueprints in the works just yet. Hill said there
are teams of students and teachers working on getting different
curricular areas involved. Another team is looking for funding and
still another is exploring ways to bring in extracurricular groups.
The funding part presents possibly the biggest challenge, and Hill
said the cost of the project hasn’t been fully explored.
He added that the school district has been very supportive to date.
The current goal is to have something in the making by the second
semester and the final product sometime next year.
Hill said the possibility of offering school groups the ability to
work the coffee shop as a fundraiser presents intriguing
“That’s definitely one of our top models that we have right now,” he
As for giving students easy access to caffeine, Hill said many
students are already coming in the school with coffee or a latte.
“I don’t see a huge change to what’s already there,” he said.