PCSD also partnered with Lighthouse to develop Phase 2 for Lodestar at their campus in Sobrante Park, Oakland. This second and final phase included the addition of a high school creating another 300 seats for a total of 850 seats serving students in grades TK-12.
Phase 2 was completed in August 2020 and included the new construction of an approximately 24,000sf, two-story modular building containing 10 classrooms, 4 studio spaces, 1 self-directed learning multipurpose space, administrative offices, reception and a teacher work room. The layout consists of 2 classrooms, 2 studios, an SDL (self-directed learning/multipurpose) space, administrative and reception spaces on the first floor and 8 classrooms, 2 studios and storage/office space on the second floor. Phase 2 also included a large site work project consisting of underground utility trenching, a new transformer, and a playground and basketball court. Additionally, Phase 2 included a large solar array installation on buildings 1 and 2. The install was done with a PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) partner and is 159 kW in size and will help Lighthouse reduce their energy expenses at this campus. To launch the new building in the community, PCSD and Lodestar worked with Bay Area Mural Program to create two community inspired murals at their campus in East Oakland as part of Phase 2 as well.
Founded in 2002 by a small, committed group of teachers and parents, Lighthouse Community Public Schools operates a high-achieving TK-12 public charter school, serving 750 students at their flagship school in East Oakland. The flagship site is comprised of two contiguous schools, one serving grades TK – 8 and the other serving grades 9 – 12. Lighthouse’s sister school, Lodestar, opened in Fall 2016 with plans to grow into a second TK – 12 school and currently serves TK-9. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and its graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland. Ninety-five percent of its graduates, almost all of whom are first-generation college students, are accepted into four-year colleges. Lighthouse was named the 2013 Hart Vision Charter School by the California Charter Schools Association. Among the Bay Area’s 1,200 schools in 2016, Lighthouse was ranked as the #1 high school for closing the achievement gap for low-income Latino students by Innovate Public Schools.
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“At the outset, financing our project with PCSD was the best route for our school community from a cost perspective. Our project had two phases, including the purchase and renovation of a site, followed by new construction. PCSD’s team proved adept at handling all the nuances of both phases. The combination of financing structure plus high-quality project management services made PCSD our best choice.”
-Brandon Paige, Director of Finance & Operations, Lighthouse Community Schools