Construction Begins on First Small High School
Construction has started on the first small high school in the Long Beach Unified School District to be funded by Measure K school bonds.District officials and community leaders recently gathered to break ground at the site of the future Ernest S. McBride, Sr. High School, located at the site of the former DeMille Middle School.
As the Millikan planning area in eastern Long Beach, McBride is the first high school to be built in the district since Cabrillo High was completed in 1995.
McBride High will be unlike any other high school in the district. While other comprehensive high schools in the district serve as many as 4,000 students, McBride is designed to serve about 1,000 students in grades nine through 12.
The creation of this smaller, compact school is a result of years of careful study and planning. Numerous studies have demonstrated that smaller schools are safer, students feel they belong, teachers experience more job satisfaction, and there is greater participation in extra-curricular activities. Most importantly, small schools allow for more flexibility and personalization in teaching and learning. The result is that more students will succeed and far fewer will drop out or fall through the cracks.
When the Long Beach Unified School District conducted dozens of public meetings as part of its Facility Master Plan process a few years ago, parents, educators, community members and business leaders said they too believed that smaller is better. As a result, the Board of Education made a commitment to build new, smaller high schools to take enrollment pressure off the larger high schools in the district.
To help students prepare for college and careers, McBride High will offer three academic pathways with rigorous coursework leading to jobs in fields with some of the best employment prospects for the future: legal and law enforcement fields, healthcare and medical professions, and engineering.
Seven buildings on the campus will surround a promenade or “main street.” The compact nature of the campus makes everything easily and quickly accessible. Buildings make the most of natural light and are energy-efficient; the atmosphere is one of openness and transparency.
Visit the McBride High School project page.
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