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Solana Ranch Elementary School

San Diego, CA

New K-6 Elementary School

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Situated on a 10 acre site in the Pacific Highlands Ranch area, HED created a community-oriented school that is sensitive to the neighborhood context.

  • Solana Ranch Elementary received a 2016 Grand Prize Award for excellence in educational facility design from LEARNING BY DESIGN, the premier source for education design innovation and excellence.


  • View of campus from the south east.
  • View of entry drop-off area with administration building on the left and the classroom wing on the right.
  • Science classroom and adjacent learning terrace.
  • Main entry lobby and staircase with silhouette graphics of local birds and plants. Kindergarten terrace is seen through the windows on the right.
  • The space under the main stairs can be used for group learning.
  • Second floor resource area used for self-directed learning.
  • Library group learning looking out to playground.
  • Second floor classroom with north facing skylight.
  • Science classroom: Most classrooms are daylit from two sides.
  • Ground floor classrooms open on to learning terraces.
  • Multi-purpose hall with stage and clerestory lighting.
  • View of south classroom wing with sliding glass doors connecting lower classrooms to learning terraces and clerestory windows bringing daylight deep into the upper classrooms.

people involved in this project:

John R. Dale

FAIA, LEED AP
Pre K-12 + Community Education Design Studio

Jennette M. La Quire

AIA, LEED AP ID+C
Pre K-12 + Community Education Design Studio

Bharat Patel

PE, CEM, LEED AP
Engineering Leader

Sean Bani

PE, LEED AP
Electrical Engineering Leader

Michael Bulander

AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Architecture + Design Leader