Lower School Campus Project
We are deepening our roots and reaching new heights! In January 2024, Westmark School opened a new, state-of-the-art Lower School Campus.
The promise of this long-planned project is bold: to create an optimal learning environment in which to educate and empower our youngest learners with language-based learning differences (LD).
Representing a major investment in early intervention, the Lower School Campus Project is the springboard for us to extend our reach and grow
our impact. Coupled with strategic efforts to increase tuition assistance, Westmark looks forward to engaging many more neurodiverse
children so that they can access our highly specialized, research-based curriculum from an early age and grow in our inclusive, supportive community.
The latest in brain research is very clear: the sooner LD children are properly diagnosed and receive evidence-based instruction, the sooner they will thrive; the more likely they will avoid any achievement gaps; and the higher the chance they will reach their full potential.
Head of School
NOW ACCEPTING INQUIRIES FOR GRADE 1
With the opening of the new Lower School Campus, Westmark School is pleased to open Grade 1 in the 2024–2025 school year. We look forward to engaging the families of rising first graders!
About the Design
To achieve its vision for the new facility—which replaces a cluster of small, 1950s-era modular buildings on the School’s four-acre campus—Westmark engaged world-class architectural firm NBBJ and industry-leading builders Suffolk. Drawing from the expertise and experiences of Westmark students, teachers, parents, and administrators, the architects and engineers were inspired by neuroscientific findings and educational best practices to inform the design and construction.
Every square foot of the two-story structure has been conceived with the student top of mind. The net zero carbon project earned a NEXTLA Merit Award in the “Educational” category of the American Institute of Architects–Los Angeles Design Awards in 2021. Highlights of the inventive design include:
- Ten daylight-filled classrooms reflecting an ecology best suited for a variety of distinct learning styles and differentiated instruction
- Indoor-outdoor spaces that promote a connection to nature and facilitate multisensory teaching and learning, as well as imaginative play
- Acoustical design that dampens background noise and increases speech intelligibility to effect a comfortable learning experience for LD students, especially those with sensory processing challenges
- Theater to encourage creative expression and build self-confidence
- Amphitheater for open-air performances, storytelling, and more
- Occupational and speech therapy room, ready to serve students in need on-site before or after school
- SMART assistive technology to support teaching and learning
- LEED® certification
Do you know a Grades 1–5 child who would benefit from this innovative learning environment? Inquire today!
In the Press
NBBJ unveils a nature-imbued Los Angeles campus for neurodiverse students
The Architect's Newspaper | April 18, 2022
NBBJ designs net-zero school for neurodiverse learners in California
Dezeen | April 13, 2022
NBBJ Is Designing a Nature-Immersed Net-Zero School in California for Neurodiverse Students
Arch Daily | April 7, 2022
The milestone Dedication Ceremony included an important announcement: Westmark will expand to first grade in 2024–2025.