This study presents the results of a survey conducted on analysis methods for the design process of school buildings. Three methods were selected: DQI for Schools (Design Quality Indicator), “Metodologia de Avaliação de Conforto Ambiental de Projetos Escolares – otimização multicritérios” and the method “Comparative Floor plan-Analyses” (CFA). The results of the analysis of these three methods indicated those aspects that should be the basis of a design evaluation method for schools in general and for the Foundation for Educational Development (Fundação para o Desenvolvimento da Educação - FDE), which manages school building design in the State of São Paulo, Brazil. These aspects were: specific requirements for school architecture, the representation of results for isolated attributes and the decomposition of design solutions. The latter supported by the analysis of precedents found in the literature on school architecture. The main goal of this study was to propose a method to support the design process of school buildings beyond quantitative aspects. The hypothesis states that through knowledge acquired on the morphology of evaluation methods and analysis of exemplary designs, presented in the literature, it is possible to develop a method that supports the design process of schools in general and is compatible to the context of FDE. A specific design analysis method was developed. It consists of a structure of concepts to define a sample, a framework for the analysis of designs and procedures that examine the occurrence of relationships between functional requirements and solutions (design proposals). To test the methods, 34 designs, both of FDE and exemplary school projects, were analysed to determine the presence of these concepts in solutions. This analysis showed that the method is an efficient instrument for decision-making during a school design process, increasing reflections on the multidisciplinary aspects of the school environment today. The method also has the potential to be transformed into a computer application to complement DQI for schools and other tools with a goal to inspire school architecture with users and learning in mind.