Edison Language Academy held its opening celebration at the school’s campus Tuesday, at 2402 Virginia Ave. Santa Monica.
Construction on the $34 million project began in August 2011, the groundbreaking was held in November 2011 and staff and students finally moved into the premises on Jan. 6, 2014.
The school boasts 27 K-5 classrooms, a library, cafeteria/auditorium, administrative offices, and a computer lab. Phase II of the school – scheduled for completion in the 4th quarter of 2014 – will include a new playing field and two new classrooms.
The Edison Language Academy included many sustainable aspects in its construction including green roofs, a solar chimney system, air quality sensors, bamboo shelves in the library, classroom chairs made of recycled material and light sensors.
There is Wifi throughout the campus, security at the main entrance and eight student and one teacher laptop per classroom.
SMMUSD Superintendent Sandra Lyon kicked off the ceremony by giving an overview of the new school’s educational aspects, while Board of Education President Maria Leon-Vasquez spoke of the joint-use partnership with the City of Santa Monica.
During the ceremony Board of Education Vice President Ralph Mechur tested out a new Wobble Chair in a Kindergarten classroom. The chairs promote student involvement by decreasing physical distractions and increasing focus when they are required to sit.