Our new, 60,000 sqft. location is the former campus of the San Diego Community College, constructed in 1976. We had been looking for a much larger building to accommodate our growing school. When the college moved next door. it was a wonderful opportunity for La Petite Ecole/Lycée Français de San Diego to move into our perfect location.
From our humble beginnings, to this important milestone in our history, we could not be more excited about this new development. We have finished the renovation of the first floor of the school, with plans to build the second floor in time.
As you can see on the rendering, the school has 20 classrooms, one auditorium/multipurpose room, a kitchen, one library, a nap room for 36 students, several offices, teachers’ lounge, bathrooms and extra storage rooms. One modern bathroom is be shared by two classrooms. We strived to retain the same family feeling that we’ve built over the years at La Petite Ecole. The playground has two structures for the 2-5 year olds and another for the 5-12 year olds with no sand (finally!). As a PE teacher myself, I am planning to construct a little soccer field in the back parking lot if the City allows it and if we can cover the cost. In the meantime, we will be having PE within walking distance at Cabrillo Heights Park (no street crossing necessary). Lunch is eaten outside under a covered area not shown on the rendering. The auditorium is used as a cafeteria for rainy days.
The capacity for the first floor is 250+ students. We hope to reach this number as soon as possible, so we can continue construction on the second floor. We estimate this should happen within 2-3 years.