Santa Cruz City Schools

Bay View Elementary

Bay View is a multicultural, neighborhood school that offers an enriched educational experience to all students, kindergarten through fifth grade. This welcoming, bustling campus has a unique architectural style that helps define the neighborhood. In a busy location in a high-traffic area, Bay View has a very active parent community, who regularly volunteer and access the school. Currently on pace to be the district’s first “net-zero” energy use campus, Bay View has long led the city in green infrastructure. Hosting preschool as well as TK-5 students, Bay View has complex needs and currently needs half of its classrooms to be modernized for contemporary use and energy efficiency.

As we work to improve all classroom environments, Santa Cruz City Schools is committed to  sustainability and moving toward our goal of Net Zero emissions campuses. All modernization projects included in the Facility Master Plan Update shall include the following sustainability components:


1231 Bay Street  Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4708


Enrollment: 442




55,843 SF


5.821 Acres

  • LED lighting to replace inefficient fluorescent
  • dual pane windows to replace older single pane
  • new high efficiency HVAC systems with increased outside air intake and CO2 detection
  • responsible roofing to reduce heating and cooling energy and to reduce radiant heat
  • increased insulation
  • use of locally sourced and recycled materials.
  • added solar structures where possible
  • Safety

Within the Facility Master Plan Update, safety and security improvements have been evaluated and the following components have been included for future implementation

  • security fencing and gates
  • supervised campus entries 
  • site visibility
  • door hardware & remote, smart locking systems
  • window treatments 
  • a robust security camera system for each school.

Future Projects

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Projects related to this campus.