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La Ballona

Elementary School

Campus Guide

The campus guide provides a comprehensive assessment of La Ballona Elementary School’s built environment, from site to buildings. It uses both quantitative and qualitative data analysis to capture the current state of the school:

  • Physical condition

  • Community needs

  • Effectiveness for future-ready learning

Comprehensive Assessment

For quantitative analysis, the facility condition assessment is completed by a professional facility assessor. Alongside campus staff, professional facility assessors evaluate all of the campus' major components to determine the lifespan from today and to project the costs needed to maintain the campus.


The final assessment is synthesized into the following report card. Click here to download.

Quantitative Analysis


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Qualitative Analysis
Actual Users

For qualitative analysis, a series of workshops, a site walk-through and a community forum capture how the campus functions daily and throughout the year.

Working with the campus’ site committee—volunteers including teachers, school principal and maintenance staff, and the campus’ actual users—parents and community members, priorities are recorded and synthesized into two maps.



Zooms out to show the entire site.

Click on the arrows to cycle through each of the findings.

Drop-Off / Pick-up

Drop off area does not work for the student population. Traffic flows are problematic. See traffic studies by Culver City Public Works Department.


Zooms in to highlight individual buildings.

Click on the arrows to cycle through each of the findings.

Reception and Admin

Reception is too small. Enhanced visitor management is desired, making check-in both easy and welcoming. Office for psychologist is inadequate, and counseling room is unusable. New office for psychologies and (3) offices for counseling are needed. School store is hidden by a display case. Visibility and merchandise showcase are desired.


The Facility Master Plan will focus on the following:

  • Improve Drop-off / Pick-up

  • Improve Pedestrian and Bike Approach

  • Expand Staff Parking

  • Improve Security and Access

  • Improve Safety and Supervision

  • Improve Outdoor Use

  • Expand Reception and Admin

  • Expand Cafeteria and Kitchen

  • Add All School Assembly

  • Replace Portables

  • Improve Classroom Buildings

  • Improve Morning and After Care

  • Improve Student Support Services

  • Improve Family Support Services

  • Improve Teacher and Staff Support


Click on the arrows to cycle through each of the findings.

Existing Site Plan

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The rough order of magnitude costs for academic and non-academic facilities will begin being posted by September 2019.

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