Curious about your neighborhood school?

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is inviting parents, staff, students and community members to tour five local school campuses in coming weeks. The two-hour events will offer a peek behind the curtain at the campuses where community members can learn about existing facilities and discuss educational needs, historical resources, campus plans and future projects.

Each of the five campuses — John Adams Middle School, or JAMS; Will Rogers Learning Community; Franklin Elementary; McKinley Elementary; and Grant Elementary — are looking to the future with new proposals and plans. There are also pertinent findings in historical consultant reports that community members can learn more about.

“Through these school visits, tour participants will gain a greater understanding of the current status of the school facilities and how improvements will impact student learning and performance,” School District staff wrote. “The school facilities are essentially the ‘third teacher.’ Having modern, updated learning environments engage students in their education.”

The series are the latest step in the District’s campus facility planning process, which began with assessments by architectural consultants to develop ideas for how the campuses will adapt as education changes in the 21st century. The SMMUSD is also requesting parent and neighbor input as plans are finalized.

Meetings are scheduled as follows; all are from 4 – 6 p.m.:

• John Adams Middle School: Monday, February 28, 2022

Location: JAMS Library, 2425 16th St, Santa Monica, CA 90405,

Parking in main lot off of 16th St. and Ocean Park, street parking available

• Will Rogers Learning Community: Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Location: Rogers Cafetorium, 2401 14th St, Santa Monica, CA 90405,

Parking in main lot off of 16th St., street parking available

• Franklin Elementary: Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Location: Franklin Cafetorium, 2400 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 9040,

Parking off of Idaho Ave., street parking available

• McKinley Elementary: Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Location: McKinley Auditorium, 2401 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404,

Parking in main lot off of Chelsea Ave., street parking available

• Grant Elementary: Thursday, March 10, 2022

Location: Grant Auditorium, 2368 Pearl St, Santa Monica, CA 90405,

Parking on 24th St., street parking is available

Spanish language interpretation will be available at all five events.

RSVPs are preferred, and may be submitted by visiting bit.ly/CampusMtgs0222. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

emily@smdp.com