The Samueli Academy is a 480-student charter high school that is a program of Orangewood Foundation. Samueli Academy offers local foster and community youth a new choice for their high school education. The three-story, 30,000-square-foot building features innovative learning spaces that support the engineering and design pathways in their STEM focused, project-based curriculum. Each floor of the new building features a STEM lab and four learning studios that share a collaborative learning commons.

As the first phase to be completed in the high school's master plan design, the 7.1-acre campus features a student union, gymnasium, specialized learning studios and a residential village to board 80 foster youth and their guardian families. Designed as a vibrant “live and learn” urban village, the campus is intended to be an inspirational sustainable environment where learning happens everywhere. The project is tracking LEED for Schools certification.

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Project Details

  • Completed in 2014
  • Santa Ana, CA
  • 115,000-square-foot building
  • 40,000-square-foot residential village
  • LEED for Schools design
  • CASH/AIACC award winner

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