Private Global Education School Pursues 400,000 SQFT Development for New San Jose Campus

San Jose, U.S. Census Bureau, Avenues: The World School
Rendering Courtesy of the City of San Jose

By Meghan Hall

A global education organization with campuses in New York City, São Paulo, Brazil, and Shenzhen, China, has selected San Jose as the home of its next campus location.  Avenues: The World Schools—referred to simple as “Avenues”—has been working with City officials to solidify its plans for a more than 400,000 square foot campus off of Meridian Ave. that is expected to serve children from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade upon completion. In March, the City officially released its environmental impact report (EIR) for the project, a major milestone in the entitlements process.

The New York-based organization intends to redevelop an 11.87-acre project site comprised of eight parcels bounded by Race Street and Meridian Ave. Currently, the property is developed with three office buildings—550 and 570 Meridian Ave., and 1401 Parkmore Ave.—several warehouses and associated parking. In all, the property includes 363,677 square feet of existing buildings.

The property is surrounded by a mix of uses: commercial, residential and industrial. Residential buildings are generally more modern, while industrial assets are typically older. Buildings in the immediate vicinity range in height from about two to five stories. Interstate 280, as well as the San Jose Children’s Musical Theater and a shopping center anchored by FoodMaxx are nearby.

Project documents indicate that the development would include both the adaptive re-use of several of the buildings as well as new construction. In all, there will be seven buildings that include 128 classrooms, a theater, a gym and aquatic center, administrative space and sports fields. It is estimated that the project will include up to 450,000 square feet of new development.

The project would be executed in four phases, the first of which would include the adaptive-reuse of 550 and 570 Meridian. The two buildings would be converted from a commercial office setting to educational facilities. 1201 Parkwood, along with the remaining warehouse space would be demolished. A portion of the gym would be constructed, as well as the sports field. In all, Phase I will total about 175,000 square feet and would create 58 classrooms.

Phase Two would add 110,000 gross square feet of academic space to the East of the sports field, totaling 38 classrooms. Phase Three would expand the campus’ gym facilities to include an aquatic center, as well as add the theater building. The third phase would include 87,000 square feet of space. 

The final phase would construct a 67,000 square foot academic building at the southeast corner of the project site. 

Construction is anticipated to begin in the winter of 2023, with Phase I completion expected by summer 2024. Phases Two, Three and Four are anticipated to begin construction in 2023, 2027 and 2032, respectively. 

Upon completion, the school would support around 2,700 students and 480 faculty and staff. Like much of the Bay Area, the City of San Jose has experienced explosive growth over the past decade. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, San Jose’s population grew by 8.2 percent between 2010 and 2018, with children under 18 representing 22.7 percent of the population.

The arrival of Avenues in San Jose will provide many students in San Jose and the greater Bay Area with access to what the school touts as world-focused learning. According to its website, Avenues has an R&D department specifically focused on educational research and development to explore topics such as empathy in learning, language immersion and high-tech integration. Students who are admitted to Avenues’ San Jose campus will also be admitted to all of its campuses around the world. 

As of this writing, Avenues had not yet returned The Registry’s request for comment.

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