New Roads School Marks Phase 1 Construction of Herb Alpert Educational Village with Middle School Ribbon Cutting

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Community celebrates opening of New Roads School’s new Santa Monica Middle School facility, first step in development of collaborative translational education research center

At 8 AM on Friday, September 10th, at a gathering of energized students, faculty, and family, Middle School Director Chris Elder cut the ribbon signaling the official opening of New Roads School’s new Santa Monica Middle School campus, contiguous to the existing High School campus located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard. Inauguration of the facility marks a significant milestone in the construction of the Herb Alpert Educational Village, a joint venture of New Roads School and the New Visions Foundation.

Named for its founding benefactor, the Herb Alpert Educational Village will bring together in one location diverse elements of the education community – researchers, civic organizations, students and faculty – to foster innovative, creative collaborations that confront the challenge of improving student success and implementing best practices throughout Los Angeles and nationwide. The Village will be anchored by New Roads School, under the auspices of its research arm, the Center for Effective Learning (C4EL); the New Visions Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to innovation in education; and a convening center with a 350-seat theater plus office and meeting space for non-profit organizations committed to educational research, innovation, and advancement. The Middle School building and the entire integrated Village support the City of Santa Monica’s vision for new Land Use and Circulation and will comprise multiple innovative “green” buildings using locally produced materials and relying on natural light and air flow.

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony David Bryan, Head of New Roads School observed, “The long-awaited opening of our new Middle School adjacent to our existing High School campus allows for expanded program offerings and creative collaborations for all of our students. It also represents an important step towards creation of our Educational Village, allowing us to further our mission through innovative research and its direct application to the classroom.” New Visions founder and Executive Director, Paul Cummins, added, “The Village will create a new form of collaborative learning. These resources will afford us the great privilege, as educators, to share our findings and experiences for the benefit of all of our children.”

About New Visions Foundation and New Roads School
Established in 1995, New Roads School is acknowledged as a model of progressive, innovative and socially-committed education and is the result of a vision-driven collaboration, between educator David Bryan and New Visions founder Paul Cummins, to provide quality college-preparatory education to students representing the broad economic and cultural diversity of greater Los Angeles. Unique among independent schools in Los Angeles, New Roads School holds the core commitment of annually devoting at least 40% of its tuition budget to need-based financial aid. In every one of its 16 years, more than 50% of its students have received financial aid as a result of this unwavering commitment. New Roads School is a 501(c)(3) corporation and is a fully-accredited K-12 school serving over 600 students on campuses in Santa Monica, Malibu and Los Angeles, California. http://www.newroads.org.

New Visions Foundation, based in Santa Monica, California, was founded by education leader Paul Cummins as a non-profit foundation dedicated to innovation in education. New Visions has been a creative force designing innovative schools and programs to enhance the education of underserved children in Los Angeles County since 1995. http://www.newvisionsfnd.org.

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