The Samueli Academy Story
For over 30 years, the Orangewood Foundation has provided innovative services for abused and neglected children and at-risk families to end the cycle of child abuse one life at a time. The Samueli Academy is a pivotal part of this mission. The result of an extensive planning process was a Master Plan for 480 students with a 115,000 SF academic downtown focused on project-based learning featuring a student union, innovation and health center intertwined with studios, labs and collaborative learning commons. Creating a strong School community, with joint-use and industry partnerships was part of the educational mission for the school, most importantly providing a place to belong for these at-risk students.
Lindsay Hayward, Project Designer, LPA, Inc.;
Anthony Saba, Executive Director, Samueli Academy;
Fred Wallitsch, Project Executive, Snyder Langston
OBJ #1 Recognize how social-emotional learning can be influenced by physical space.
OBJ #2 Discover how an intense planning process including a large committee of stakeholders and local business leaders can result in a successful project.
OBJ #3 Learn how the spatial environment can be transparent and welcoming while also extremely durable, cost-effective, and long-lasting.
OBJ #4 Become familiar with educational psychology of at-risk students and how to best support a strong school community and social climate.