Cajon Valley Middle School

Cajon Valley Union School District

The power of design to help change the course of a school’s future. Cajon Valley Middle School (CVMS), an aging inner city school, was redeveloped in four phases over eight years — with an inspiring design that reversed a decline in student enrollment.

Now, CVMS students thrive in modern learning environments featured in a vibrant, open campus. The creative plan is completely re-oriented and features energy efficient multi-level buildings around a central campus Quad; resulting in a strong sense of place and enhanced student security.

A surprising benefit? A marked increase in community pride and ownership. The joint-use gymnasium and athletic fields, shared by the campus and the city, have been embraced by the neighborhood. It’s not only revitalized key resources for both students and residents — it’s sparking new interest in nearby redevelopment projects within the community.
Project Type
New Campus (Phased Redevelopment)
119,000 SF
Date Completed
“We are proud of our new facility, the relationships we have with our business partners, and our ability to stretch taxpayer dollars. Thank you for your continued professionalism and commitment to provide the best for our students.”
– Janice Cook, Superintendent, Cajon Valley Union School District

Photography by Pablo Mason