Using funding available for career technical education, we created this state-of-the-art facility with five technical academies for the Montebello Unified School District. Each academy is designed as a stand-alone educational unit organized to maximize collaboration and engaged learning.
Montebello is an alternative to the District’s traditional high schools; it’s designed to resemble a research and development facility, exploiting the structure itself as a teaching tool. The five academies surround a central outdoor common space where the school community can interact. A dedicated Wi-Fi network ensures that students have access to laptop computers in all academy spaces, including the learning hubs and non-teaching spaces.
Energy efficient components include daylight sensor-operated lighting systems, highly efficient mechanical and electrical systems, and the infrastructure for a 200-foot solar panel. Permeable pavers, on-site storm water retention, drought tolerant planting, and low-use water fixtures contribute to substantial water savings.