High School Signature Projects

  • Rio Americano's new building
    Bella Vista Ribbon Cutting
    Update 10-4-17
    San Juan Unified's first two signature projects at Rio Americano High School (Center for the Arts) and Bella Vista High School (science wing) opened for the start of school in 2017.

    Rio Americano Video


  • Groundbreaking

    El Camino Groundbreaking  
    El Camino Fundamental High School
    The district's third signature proejct, a performing arts center at El Camino, broke ground June 6, 2017.



    The Board of Education voted unanimously on 2/24/15 to accept staff's recommendation of a four-phase Measure N Signature Project program. Work will begin immediately with construction of a next-generation science wing at Bella Vista and a 350-seat theater at Rio Americano. The full four-phase schedule is as follows:
    Phase 1: Bella Vista science wing & Rio Americano music performance center
    Phase 2:  Encina community center & El Camino performing arts center
    Phase 3: Casa Roble student union & Mira Loma stadium
    Phase 4: San Juan High 21st century classrooms, Del Campo 21st Century library/theater & Mesa Verde stadium
    All projects under the accepted plan will be complete by Dec. 2019. Click on the links below to view staff's Power Point presentation on Signature Projects and Exhibit A from the board packet (Note: Documents updated on 2/25/15).


    The San Juan Unified School District completed Measure N Signature Project Forums at all nine comprehensive high schools between the dates of Sept. 30 and Nov. 5. Each forum was advertised in each high school and feeder school community in an effort to attract as much public participation as possible. 

    Each forum consisted of the same format: a short presentation by staff, a small group breakout discussion about three previously identified Signature Project ideas, and then a question and answer period. (For reports on each individual high school forum, please click on the Forum Reports tab below).

    With each forum now complete and all public input taken into account, the district’s facilities staff is moving forward with finalizing project budgets and plans. Then, staff will hold further discussions with all nine high school principals, the Superintendent’s cabinet, and the Board of Education.

    A full recommendation for all nine Signature Projects, which will include a loading order and timetable for each project, will be made to the Board of Education in the first quarter of 2015.

    The San Juan Unified community pledged its support to the district’s vision of bringing all schools up to 21st century standards by approving Measure N, a $350 million facilities bond, in 2012. District leaders have identified $2.4 billion in school improvement needs, and Measure N will help the District begin addressing those needs.

    Signature projects
    San Juan Unified is dedicating a significant portion of Measure N to build signature projects at each of the district’s comprehensive high schools. Project ideas throughout the district have included classroom wings, football fields with all-weather tracks, science buildings and performing arts centers.

Forum Reports (Click to Open)

Rio Americano

  • Rio PAAC  

    Performance and academic center 

    A performance and academic center featuring a 350-seat auditorium with floor-level stage, lobby and two music classrooms broke ground at Rio Americano in June, 2016. The building is scheduled to open for the 2017-18 school year. The building will be home to Rio Americano's renowned band program, and will be utilized by other programs such as the popular Civitas political science course. It will also serve as a gathering place for large meetings and other school-wide events.

Bella Vista

  • Bella Vista  

    Science wing 

    A next-generation science wing that will include 11 classrooms and labs along with a unique 5,000-square-foot "flex space" has broken ground at Bella Vista High (July, 2016). This signature project is utilizing two existing shop buildings and transforming them into state-of-the-art classrooms to compliment one of the region's top high school science programs. 

El Camino

  • El Camino PAC  

    Performing arts center 

    San Juan Unified is in the planning stages of a performing arts center at El Camino Fundamental High School. In collaboration with the site's music and drama departments, the project is expected to break ground in 2017.  

Mira Loma

  • Mira Loma  

    Science wing

    The Board of Education has approved a science wing as Mira Loma High's signature project on Feb. 14, 2017. The project will enter into the planning stages this spring, and will break ground in one year.

Casa Roble

  • Student Union 

    The Board of Education approved a student union, media space and administrative upgrades as Casa Roble Fundamental High's signature project on Feb. 14. Preliminary plans call for a "college-like" student union space that will enhance collaboration and support Casa's unique block schedule program. The administrative offices will help bring student and parent services to one location on campus. 
Last Modified on October 4, 2017