The Campus Assessment Process

  • A rendering of what an outdoor study space could look like at Grant Elementary

    Upcoming Community Meetings

    We are in Phase 3 of our Campus Assessment process that is looking at potential improvements to elementary and middle schools in Santa Monica. The process aligns the instructional programs and school facilities to support student learning and prepare students for further education and future jobs. The following will be the second community meeting, where the district and its architects will present project proposals based on feedback received during the community meetings we held in May and June.

    • John Muir Elementary/SMASH | Wednesday, Oct. 14, 5:30-7 p.m. | Zoom | Meeting ID: 83540405011 | Passcode: 322635PDF of presentation
    • Franklin Elementary School | Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6-7:30 p.m. | Zoom | Meeting ID: 83744423611 | Passcode: 108887
    • Will Rogers Learning Community | Wednesday, Oct. 21, 5:30-7 p.m. 
    • Lincoln Middle School | Thursday, Oct. 22, 6-7:30 p.m.
    • Edison Language Academy | Tuesday, Oct. 27, 5:30-7 p.m.
    • Roosevelt Elementary School | Wednesday, Oct. 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
    • John Adams Middle School | Thursday, Oct. 29, 5:30-7 p.m.
    • McKinley Elementary School | Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6-7:30 p.m. 
    • Grant Elementary School | Tuesday, Nov. 10, 6-7:30 p.m.

    About Campus Assessments

    What is a campus assessment? It is the next major step in planning changes to campuses and classrooms to align with the district’s educational specifications, which were finalized in 2019. The district hired architects to assess nine Santa Monica elementary and middle school campuses. The assessments include taking deep look into how our campuses currently operate, looking at how they match the ed specs; imagining a future campus that brings the site up to the goals of the ed specs and determining first projects to be allocated funds from Measure SMS.

    The assessments are also guided by the district's sustainability plan.

    The meetings, including ones with educators and the community meetings held in May and June, were the second phase of five in the process. What’s next?

    We are currently in Phase 3. Based on feedback and new information found during Phase 2, architects will work with district staff to refine their plans to include phasing, or a suggested order of projects (for instance, removing portables, relocating parking and then erecting a new classroom building). They will also get estimates of costs for each item in a proposed construction phase.
    Phase 4: District staff and architects will return to campuses for meetings with staff and educators and then once again with the community. The district plan calls for these meetings to take place in September. As information about those meetings becomes available, it will be shared through the usual school channels and on this page.
    Phase 5: After ensuring alignment with educator and community input, district staff would work with the Facility District Advisory Committees to make project recommendations to the Board of Education, which would allocate Measure SMS funding and approve projects to move forward.

    Design would begin in January 2021 with construction scheduled to begin in 2022 and 2023 depending on the complexity and ability to schedule the project.

    Here are the presentations from that first round of meetings in May and June:

    For Questions About Campus Assessments and These Meetings

    For Lincoln, Grant, Rogers, McKinley and Edison: email Michael Burke.

    For JAMS, John Muir/SMASH, Franklin and Roosevelt: email Barbara Chiavelli.

    For More Information

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