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Solana Ranch Elementary receives CHPS Designed status

October 27, 2015

Solana Ranch Elementary receives CHPS Designed status

Solana Ranch Elementary School in the Pacific Highlands area of San Diego, California, has earned a CHPS Designed status from the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). 

CHPS is leading a national movement to improve student performance and the entire educational experience by building the best possible schools. The CHPS Criteria (formerly Volume 3 of the Best Practices Manual) are designed to help school districts in every community across the country reduce operating costs, achieve higher student performance, increase daily attendance, retain quality teachers and staff and minimize environmental impact.

Situated on a 10-acre site, Solana Ranch Elementary School serves approximately 650 students and is designed as a community-oriented school that is sensitive to its neighborhood context. It utilizes air distribution systems, shaded windows, clerestory windows and natural air ventilation. Because of these sustainable design strategies, the school is now achieving a 60 percent offset in energy use.