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Liberty Charter High School, Literacy First
El Cajon, CA
Connected campus.
Stepped site generates dynamism on campus.
Elevation creates connection
Because of the firm’s long history of innovative education design, Literacy First approached HED with the challenge of master planning and designing their new charter high school. The school is designed within a stepped site with athletic fields on the lower level, stadium seating within the 26 feet of slope, and the main campus on the upper level, creating a dynamic, lofty position for the building.

The campus includes a gymnasium, science and technology classrooms, theater arts, shop class, general education, and collaborative spaces and interconnecting upper and lower walkway spaces with an outdoor common area for student and teacher connection. Administrative spaces, food service, and the welcome center are integrated within the campus setting, and the site design accommodates traffic stacking, native planting, secured areas, and electric vehicle parking.
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Results
Stadium has a capacity of 450.
The design intent also renovates an older 3-story, 61,400 sf office into a “creative-tech environment”.
Project Data
Liberty Charter High School PCA_Liberty
Literacy First
El Cajon, California
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Architecture (Full Service)
RSF/GSF
46,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$14.0 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
    LEED Certified Equivalent
Project Team
  • Kevin Perry
    AIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Sector Leader
  • Chris Schumm
    AIA
    Associate
    Architecture
Stepped site generates dynamism on campus.
Liberty Charter High School, Literacy First
El Cajon, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Connected campus.