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San Diego Unified School Board Takes Next Step to Bring School to Civita

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Unified School Board has approved the purchase and sale agreement for a public elementary school site in the master-planned community of Civita in Mission Valley.

Construction of the school, located at the intersection of Civita Boulevard and Via Alta, is projected for 2020 and is anticipated to take approximately two years to complete.

The planned neighborhood school is designed to serve 500 students from pre-kindergarten through grade 5. The enrollment boundary generally encompasses Mission Valley, including all residential areas of Civita.

The two-story neighborhood school is being designed with the latest Integrated 21st Century technology, offering an engaging and personalized learning environment designed to optimize teaching and learning through the interconnected use of mobile computing, audio, visual, and formative assessment technologies.

Highlights of the school include indoor and outdoor learning and gathering spaces, “Maker Space” to support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning, sustainable components as teaching opportunities, gardens, integrated learning and play spaces, and flexible, light-filled classrooms.

The school will be the first elementary school in Mission Valley, according to Gene Fuller, director, real estate, Real Estate Department, San Diego Unified School District.

“Over the past 15 years, the student population in Mission Valley has grown,

but there is not a local neighborhood school servicing the area,” he said. “Students living in Mission Valley have had to travel out of the valley to attend school, placing a burden on local families. Over the next decade, additional residential development is expected, increasing the need for a local neighborhood school,” added Fuller.

Marco Sessa, senior vice president of Sudberry Properties, the master developer of Civita, said: “We’re happy to announce this agreement with San Diego Unified. An elementary school has been integral to our vision of a walkable urban village. We’re working diligently with the school district to create an educational hub that the entire community can take pride in.”

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