September 18, 2013
Fundraisers can be a daunting task, especially when you are trying to raise $24 million dollars to build a new school site. Santa Rosa Academy in Menifee was able to achieve just that with the help of private bonds. The school opened its doors on September 9 to a bustling group of kids.
Santa Rosa is a K-12 school with a growing population of over 1,000 students, but it didn't get there overnight. Charter leaders and parents have worked hard since 2005 to insure that children in the area had an opportunity to choose a great school. The school has experienced difficulty with facilities since its opening, sharing classrooms with other schools and having teachers keep books in their garages for lack of space.
Eight years of hard work however have not yet come to a culmination. The school is still looking to raise $13 million dollars more for the building of the second phase to the school which will include a gymnasium, performing arts center and a baseball field. Currently the facility will hold the various students in sections K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 with grade levels each in separate buildings but share beautiful gardens in the middle of campus. The school has the look of a Spanish-style villa. Students will have an opportunity to grow their own community garden and take part in the science based labs created just for their medical program. School leaders and the construction company made it fun for the community to learn about the progress of the new school by posting videos on a monthly basis documenting the several phases of the construction.
"It is inspiring and motivational to see what a community can do when they work together. Charter schools should not have to undertake these tasks on their own but this school is testament to the power of choice," said Fatima Cristerna-Adame, CCSA Regional Director, Inland Empire. The city of Menifee and its various entities were helpful and instrumental in insuring the school had the permits it needed and will become part of the city's development in the downtown area.