Photo essay: New Language Academy for San Diego USD
San Diego USD’s Language Academy dedicated its newly revitalized campus in July, complete with new environmentally-friendly classrooms and schoolwide air conditioning.
The Language Academy is a multicultural K8 school that offers bilingual immersion courses in English, Spanish and French. Students also gain knowledge of the history and culture of the language they study. At the ceremony, students led the Pledge of Allegiance in each language.
The two-story classroom building includes 16 new, permanent classrooms to replace 16 portable classrooms, and a 4,112-square-foot addition to the existing building. There are also new science and music classrooms, a student drop off/pick up area, and additional parking.
In 2013, the Board of Education decided to provide air conditioning to the district’s 2,000 hottest classrooms. The Language Academy received 11 energy-efficient rooftop units, duct work, programmable thermostats compliant with district energy management standards and additional electrical panels. The new classrooms were also constructed with the ability to have air conditioning.
The project represents part of a nearly $12 million investment into the Language Academy and the local community. Funding came from the San Diego USD’s Propositions S and Z, which are bond measures passed by voters in 2008 and 2012, respectively. The state’s Proposition 1D also matched funds for the new classrooms. The architectural firm Gkkworks created the project.