Our new, 60,000 sqft. location is the former campus of the San Diego Community College, constructed in 1976 and has been vacant for about 3 years. 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 to move into our perfect location. Many thanks to Gerald at the City of San Diego, for his valued help in sorting through all the necessary permits and paperwork. We are now finalizing the construction permits, and building should be under way very soon. We will share the progress of the construction through our Facebook page.
From our humble beginnings, to this important milestone in our history, we could not be more excited about this new development. We are soon beginning construction on the first floor of the school, with plans to build the second floor in time.
As you can see on the rendering, the school will have 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. The classrooms will remain about the same size as the ones we are using currently. One bathroom will be shared by two classrooms. We strive to retain the same family feeling that we’ve built over the years at La Petite Ecole. The playground will have 2 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 will be eaten outside under a covered area not shown on the rendering. The auditorium will be used as a cafeteria for rainy days.
The capacity for the first floor will be 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.