The Samueli Academy Story

For over 30 years, the Orangewood Foundation has provided innovative services for abused and neglected children and at-risk families to end the cycle of child abuse one life at a time.  The Samueli Academy is a pivotal part of this mission.  The result of an extensive planning process was a Master Plan for 480 students with a 115,000 SF academic downtown focused on project-based learning featuring a student union, innovation and health center intertwined with studios, labs and collaborative learning commons.  Creating a strong School community, with joint-use and industry partnerships was part of the educational mission for the school, most importantly providing a place to belong for these at-risk students.

Lindsay Hayward, Project Designer, LPA, Inc.;

Anthony Saba, Executive Director, Samueli Academy;

Fred Wallitsch, Project Executive, Snyder Langston


OBJ #1  Recognize how social-emotional learning can be influenced by physical space.

OBJ #2  Discover how an intense planning process including a large committee of stakeholders and local business leaders can result in a successful project.

OBJ #3  Learn how the spatial environment can be transparent and welcoming while also extremely durable, cost-effective, and long-lasting.

OBJ #4  Become familiar with educational psychology of at-risk students and how to best support a strong school community and social climate.