Research & discovery
Facility assessments
Education specification
Community outreach
Master plan
Finalization & implementation

Draft SCUSD Facility Assessment & 5 Year Master Plan


A District-wide Facilities Master Plan is being developed in alignment with the District’s Equity, Access and Social Justice Guiding Principle which states that all students are given an equal opportunity to graduate with the greatest number of post secondary choices from the widest array of options. The purpose of this website is to provide up-to-date information to all stakeholders in a transparent and organized manner. Campus considerations displayed on this website will be developed using a formulaic approach that equitably prioritizes projects for implementation using factors that may include the condition of existing buildings and/or infrastructure,need for adequate space to accommodate programs, and demographic and capacity data. The Facilities Master Plan will help guide District decisions in the areas of school design, planning and construction to serve the needs of the future student population over the next 10-12 years. 

Superintendent's Message:

“Hello, my name is Jorge Aguilar, Superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD). I would like to thank you for visiting our Facilities Master Plan website. This website will continue to be refined as the Facilities Master Plan comes to fruition by spring 2020. The Facilities Master Plan will be a living document with an eye to the future as to how our Sac City Unified facilities can enhance teaching and learning to ensure that all students can maximize their potential. “

SCUSD Guiding Principle - Equity, Access and Social Justice

At SCUSD, the diversity of our community is celebrated and respected with all students being given equitable opportunities to participate in rich program offerings throughout the District. Our schools are designed to support these programs and their evolution by empowering teachers to facilitate optimal learning opportunities to meet every students individualized needs.

4 Pillars of the Guiding Principle

Safety & Well-Being

Our campuses incorporate design elements that create a sense of safety and security among students,staff and families. These elements support social, emotional, and physical well-being by encouraging connectedness and empathy, contributing a strong sense of community and respect for one another.

Sustainability & Resiliency

Facilities are designed with a focus on conservation of resources and adaptability to changing environmental conditions, and should be utilized as a teaching tool to foster lifelong awareness and environmental stewardship. All those who set foot on campus will experience a rebuilt connection to nature that instills a culture of creativity, compassion and collaboration.

Global Awareness & Collaboration

At SCUSD, the learning environments support collaboration, locally and globally, through the implementation of flexible technology spaces that support pathways to college and career opportunities. These spaces provide collaborative and project-based learning experiences that help students optimize their capacity for high academic achievement and develop the skills to become globalized, productive citizens.

Inspiration & Innovation

SCUSD schools inspire creativity through collaboration, innovation, and technology in an approachable and dynamic learning environment. Our schools are neighborhood assets that encourage community engagement and unique partnerships.  Spaces will be designed to empower students, teachers and the community to solve tomorrow’s challenges by thinking creatively and critically.


To assess and propose upgrades to each District facility ensuring alignment with the District's Equity, Access, and Social Justice Guiding Principle and the District's 2019-2020 LCAP Goal #4 for Operational Excellence.  SCUSD will be a service-focused organization,committed to serving students, families, staff and community efficiently and effectively.The actions outlined in Goal 4 include continued implementation of a robust data collection and reporting process so that impact on student achievement and district operations may be measured, and further development of standards and protocols for customer service district wide.


To assess and propose upgrades to each District facility that will align with the District's Equity, Access, and Social Justice Guiding Principle.

Step 1: Research and Discovery

This phase includes extensive research of district archives and records to gather background information to assist in overall knowledge of the district and schools, including demographics, site and building plans, and recent projects. This research provides the foundation to develop the assessment process, as well as the overall organization of the process tasks and schedule. Of importance in this initial phase is the selection and establishment of the District’s Core Planning Group for the development of this master plan.

Step 2: Facility Condition and Needs Assessment

A team of trained field assessors visits every site within the District to review, photograph, and note physical condition deficiencies related to predetermined major review categories. The assessments are categorized in terms of immediate, short-term, mid-term, and long-term needs.These repair items help to establish timelines and costs for potential future projects. The sums of the expected costs are then weighed against there placement value of each school to determine the Facilities Condition Index(FCI). This value would be used when considering whether a facility should be improved or replaced.

Step 3: Educational Specifications (Ed Specs)

This phase is vital to the master planning process,directly supporting the District's Strategic plan (link here to https://www.scusd.edu/strategic-plan) The intent of these specifications is to illustrate how spaces will be used, what adjacencies and support spaces are desired, and what types of finishes and equipment should be considered when developing a campus specific design.  Special consideration is given to the fact that most of these Educational Specifications will need to be implemented in existing facilities.Existing buildings can be reinvented and rejuvenated to accommodate today’s and tomorrow’s instructional methods.  Many of the educational spaces are highly flexible and able to accommodate a range of uses and programs.

Step 4: Community Outreach

The success of a Facilities Master Plan depends on community participation in the process. Before we begin to develop the details of this Facilities Master Plan, a series of forums will be held at 7 high schools.  Communities of the elementary and middle schools that matriculate into each high school will be invited to participate. It is important for us to understand what our instructors, staff, students, and community, feel are important to sustaining the outstanding education being delivered by our District. Decisions affecting the education of our students will impact us all in one form or another.

Step 5: 5-Year Master Plan

The Master Planning phase is intended to present the results of our efforts.  These results are intended to assist with the prioritization process. The data presented can be sorted and viewed in a variety of ways to illustrate the costs and types of proposed projects at each site, group of sites or District wide. The results of the outreach survey efforts will be added to the master planning page upon completion. The final step in the Master Planning phase will result with the establishment of the District’s Facilities Master Plan priorities. Once Board approved, these priorities will be published.


Sacramento City unified School District shall establish the priorities of selected projects to support the programs set by the district on a selected site. Priorities will be based on the adequacy of the campus and the cost to improve the infrastructure to support the academic success.

Summary of Current Repair Costs
Projected out 10 Years