Mesa View Community School

Arroyo Grande, CA

Planning, Programming, Architecture, Construction Administration 

Mesa View Community School is an alternative education setting that provides “at risk” high school students with learning opportunities that will allow them to integrate back into a comprehensive or continuation high school environment, or earn their GED. Often times, student enrollment is mandated by the court system as a last resort before juvenile hall so the main goal of the project was to create a safe, secure, and inspiring environment.

In response, PMSM Architects designed a self-contained, inward-facing, courtyard campus to foster camaraderie among students. Three classrooms, a food service and community kitchen, and a gymnasium with associated restroom and locker room facilities are grouped around the central courtyard. This layout provides students with a sense of community with other peers. In addition, the office of the on-site probation officer faces the courtyard for monitoring and security purposes. The location itself, a secluded rural area of Nipomo, CA, also contributes to maintaining a safe and tranquil environment. Clerestory windows allow natural light into all classrooms and the gymnasium, provide energy savings, and a warm educational environment.

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