Menlo Park: New Laurel School Upper Campus opens Monday

Grand opening for public on Saturday, Oct. 22

As enrollment increased by 40 percent in the past 11 years, Menlo Park City School District schools have steadily become more and more overcrowded. On Monday, Oct. 17, students should get some breathing room as the new Laurel School Upper Campus opens for 300 students in grades 3 to 5.

The school was built on property the district had been leasing since 1991 to the German-American International School (recently renamed the Alto International School). The district demolished the former O'Connor School on the site before beginning construction in summer 2015.

The new school gives more room to both the Laurel School Lower Campus and Encinal School. Previously students in the Laurel School attendance area went to Laurel from kindergarten through third grade and then to Encinal for fourth and fifth grades.

Students have been squeezing together on the lower campus since school started Sept. 1.

The new school has 16 classrooms, two STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) labs, a music room, library and a multi-use gym. The school also has a covered eating area, spaces that can be shared by teachers for collaborative activities, and offices. Outside, the school has a playground, running track and a baseball and soccer field.

It was built with proceeds of a $23 million bond measure approved by more than 75 percent of the voters in 2013.

The new school's public grand opening, which will serve double-duty as a celebration of Laurel School winning a National Blue Ribbon Schools award, will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 22, at the school, located at 275 Elliott Drive in Menlo Park.


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Posted by Really?
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Oct 14, 2016 at 3:36 pm

The school is going to open on Monday? Really? Not with those fields discussed and based on the pictures, not with internal facilities.

Are they just trying to make a date and figure it out later? Wouldn't it be better to finish the project THEN move in?

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Posted by O'Connor Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Oct 16, 2016 at 7:55 am

What happened to them putting reduced speed limits on OConnor during school hours? What happened to the plans to have no parking signs up during school hours to prevent making kids and bicycles to be in the middle of the road? Where are the (impractical) sharrows that we're going to be painted. Its amazing to me that this is not complete although they built an almost complete school in this time. Talk about poor time management/planning.

Besides the abovious incomplete infrastructure improvements, there is a huge dirt (now mud) pit for the kids to play in. I have no knowledge of the rest of the work inside the school to see if that's ready.

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