The new King Abdullah Academy facility, designed by Bowie Gridley Architects, features a K-12 co-educational School. The school received the 2017 James M Scott Exceptional Design Award Honorable Mention. The Elementary school is designed with separate entries and play spaces. The Middle and High school are complete with grade-level specific learning communities. KAA is an IB World school that incorporates of the latest trends in the design for 21st Century Learning in a manner that is culturally consistent with the school's mission. Located in Herndon, Virginia, the campus includes, three courtyards, two outdoor classrooms, a tournament style soccer field, playgrounds, parking areas, and a stream valley trail system.
Near the main building courtyard entrance and bus drop-off/loading area, granite-clad walls define a quiet, contemplative area lined with integral stone benches. A granite fountain in the shape of an eight-pointed star serves as the focus. The designers sited athletic facilities and play areas near related indoor spaces. Two outdoor classroom spaces take the form of small amphitheaters for informal classes, including teaching opportunities related to the stream valley corridor. Wildflower meadows are planted along the trail system and on other parts of the property not programmed for other uses. KAA is home to an eight lane Olympic style, 25-yard competition pool, designed by Counsilman-Hunsaker.