A rendering of the elementary school planned for the corner of Civita Boulevard and Via Alta in Civita

The San Diego Unified District has approved the purchase of land for the first public elementary school in Mission Valley, to be located in the master-planned Civita community.

Construction of the school, located at the intersection of Civita Boulevard and Via Alta, is projected to begin in 2020 and is anticipated to take approximately two years.

The neighborhood school is designed to serve 500 students from pre-kindergarten through 5th grade. The enrollment boundary generally encompasses Mission Valley, including all residential areas of Civita.

“Over the past 15 years, the student population in Mission Valley has grown, but there is not a local neighborhood school servicing the area,” said Gene Fuller, director of real estate for the school district. “Students living in Mission Valley have had to travel out of the valley to attend school, placing a burden on local families.”

“Over the next decade, additional residential development is expected, increasing the need for a local neighborhood school,” he added.

The two-story, state-of-the-art school will include indoor and outdoor learning and gathering spaces, “maker space” to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) learning, gardens, integrated learning and play spaces, and flexible, light-filled classrooms.

“We’re happy to announce this agreement with San Diego Unified,” said Marco Sessa, senior vice president of Sudberry Properties, the master developer of Civita. “An elementary school has been integral to our vision of a walkable urban village.”

Civita is a transit-oriented community built around a 14.3-acre neighborhood park. Plans for the 230-acre property call for 4,780 homes and apartments, approximately 480,000 square feet for a lifestyle retail center, and 420,000 square feet for an office campus.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.