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What Makes Great Schools?

What Makes Great Schools?

This year at the CSBA Trade Show, we asked participants to help us discover shared values for quality education in California by taking part in the creation of a data map. Through this visual language, they shared what they valued in delivering quality education to students.

Valley View Eagles Celebrate New Athletic Field

Valley View Eagles Celebrate New Athletic Field

The Valley View High School celebrated the opening of their new athletic field with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, October 3rd. The most vibrant of upgrades is the bright red turf chosen to accentuate school spirit and instill pride for athletes, students and staff.

Construction Begins on San Jacinto High School's Pool

Construction Begins on San Jacinto High School's Pool

A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning to celebrate the beginning of construction for Soboba Aquatics Center at San Jacinto High School. The community has been in desperate need for a pool since Sallee Park Recreational Pool, the only public pool in San Jacinto, closed in 2014. However, San Jacinto Unified School District (SJUSD) has been advocating for a pool long before the closure of Sallee Park.

Construction Begins on La Habra High School's Performing Arts Center

Construction Begins on La Habra High School's Performing Arts Center

The District envisioned a high-tech facility on the high school’s campus fully equipped with features unique to their performing arts program. The new Performing Arts Center will serve as a beacon to the surrounding community by drawing patrons and supporters of the arts, and giving students the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas between various school programs and student cultures.

Jurupa Valley High School Innovation Center

Jurupa Valley High School Innovation Center

The Innovation Center is equipped with immersive technologies and industry equipment in an effort to foster collaboration, inspire curiosity and to prepare students for their future. 

North Park Elementary School - Revitalization

North Park Elementary School - Revitalization

The goal of this project was twofold – to provide a higher level of security and safety for the
school and to transform the space, bringing inspiration, creativity, and new life to a building
overshadowed by tragedy.

Cathedral City High School Pool Opens

Cathedral City High School Pool Opens

Cathedral City High School now has their very own swimming pool. After 26 years of bussing students to and from local aquatic centers, the CCHS Lions aquatic teams will have a place to compete and practice with pride.

The ribbon cutting for the pool was held Tuesday, March 21 2017.
Watch a video of the event on CBS.

Dolores Huerta International Academy

Dolores Huerta International Academy

Dolores Huerta International Academy

Fontana USD desperately needed a flexible & budget conscious prototype elementary school that could handle unique site configurations with ease and serve as a template for future schools while fulfilling the district’s educational and sustainable goals. 

Thus was born Dolores Huerta International Academy. Designed to house 722 students, it is the first prototype with the flexibility and efficiency of a two-story all-under-one-roof school design concept. 

Two double-loaded wings of teaching spaces surround a central core of the library, administration, and shared learning spaces. The flexible sizing of the wings and placement of modular components allow the design to be modified for proper site orientation and varied functional requirements. 

A mission-style vernacular was selected for the design to integrate with the residential community surroundings, while single story massing elements have been incorporated to break up and reduce the scale of the 71,000 square foot two story building including overhangs and lunch shelter.

Site Design

Dolores Huerta International Academy overcame the challenge of a narrow 6.5 acre site by orienting the long wing of classrooms east to west. North & south facing windows are tinted and protected by pop-outs, overhangs, and interior sun shades. These measures allow for natural lighting and great views while protecting from direct sunlight. 

This orientation also allows for the use of photovoltaic panels. Anchoring the wing, a large MPR and food service is available for the community and after hours school functions without requiring access to the rest of building. A smaller wing used for kindergarten on the first floor and their 5th grade “buddies” on the second floor is oriented to the south from the central core and includes another indoor social gathering space which provides refuge during particularly hot or windy days. 

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Green from the inside out

The all-under-one-roof two-story design of Dolores Huerta International Academy provides for a cost effective, well-organized, and energy efficient solution. 

Grouping the functions of the school within one building helps students and faculty quickly access campus functions and shared spaces while remaining in a secure zone and away from the climate extremes of Fontana. This “all under one roof” configuration greatly reduces the amount of exposed exterior wall in comparison with similar multiple building schools, effectively limiting heat loss and gain within the building envelope. 

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Increased insulation, high efficiency mechanical units (15 SEER), demand control ventilation, and efficient lighting and lighting control system, alongside the integration of an energy efficient building design and orientation have increased the performance of the building to exceed Title 24 minimum standards by 27.1% and helped bringing the project closer to its goal of LEED certification.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival at Indio High School

The Palm Springs International Film Festival at Indio High School

In January Indio High School had the honor of hosting a Student Screening Day for the Palm Springs International Film Festival. 

 

As The Desert Sun puts it, 

"When they got off the busses they were Aztecs and Blackhawks and Eagles and Knights and Rajahs. When they re-boarded they were 500 film lovers."

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