With a school risen from the ashes, area students rise as well
The former 9th Street Elementary School in downtown LA was composed entirely of portable buildings, some as much as 35 years old. Sensing a need for some of Los Angeles Unified School District’s most underprivileged students, the district set plans in motion to demolish the old school, acquire an adjacent commercial parcel and build a brand-new K-8 school. This school, which opened its doors in 2013, provides much needed permanent education facilities for the area’s students, incorporating core facilities, support areas and a health clinic.
Our team designed a two-story K-5 classroom building, a single story multipurpose/gymnasium building, one three-story middle school classroom building, a library building, and health clinic building. We also worked on associated site work, play fields and a parking lot. The new school serves students with 13 elementary classrooms, three kindergarten classrooms, two classrooms for special needs, 11 middle school classrooms and two flexible middle school classrooms. Support facilities include administrative buildings, a library, gym, health clinic and multi-purpose rooms with kitchen. The school operates as a STEM school, offering its students dedicated science, technology, engineering and math curriculum with programs like “Engineering is Elementary”.