Santa Cruz City Schools

DeLaveaga Elementary

DeLaveaga Elementary School sits in a quiet residential neighborhood in the hills of Santa Cruz. The school serves approximately 600 students and their families, with classrooms, play fields, courtyards and usable open spaces. DeLaveaga has a long history of academic excellence, of nurturing student’s special gifts and talents, but it also has had many recent needs prompted by its aging buildings. From new classrooms, to reimagined access and sustainable landscaping, DeLaveaga has been rejuvenated in the work from the last bond. But we have a lot more work to do to modernize the school and provide the world-class learning environment all of our students deserve.

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:


1145 Morrissey Blvd. Santa Cruz 95065-1498


Enrollment: 528




56,893 SF


9.96 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

Interactive site plan for upcoming projects


Projects related to this campus.