The Herb Alpert Educational Village

New Roads’ Future In The Herb Alpert Educational Village

New Facilities Opening Fall 2012

By Nancy London - Posted: June 28, 2012

Located in the heart of Santa Monica’s designated “mixed use creative” zone, and manifesting the City’s vision for innovation, The Herb Alpert Educational Village is fast becoming a reality.  Construction of Phase 1, The Capshaw-Spielberg Center for Educational Justice, is on target for completion in October 2012, with a gala celebratory event slated for the New Year.  This state-of-the-art structure will house the 350-seat Ann and Jerry Moss Theater; offices for non-profit organizations working in the fields of education, the environment, and social justice; a leadership center (conference/meeting space), and specialty classrooms for New Roads School.  

In addition to allowing enhanced programming for New Roads students, the new facility, with its striking presence on Olympic Boulevard, will be a resource for the entire West Los Angeles community.

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Marking A Milestone

It Takes A Community To Create A Village

By Nancy London - Posted: November 8, 2011

In between cloud-bursts last Friday morning, members of the New Roads School community, together with the New Visions Foundation, benefactor Herb Alpert, supporters, and education and community leaders, gathered to celebrate completion of the steel framing for the Performing Arts and Leadership Center that forms the centerpiece of our Herb Alpert Educational Village.

Guests including Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom and Malissa Shriver, Chair of the California Arts Council, sat under a tent facing the Performing Arts and Leadership Center structure and listened to comments by David Bryan, Paul Cummins, and guest of honor Herb Alpert.  “We’ve waited 10 years for this day”, said David, “and I am quite certain that the model of collaboration represented by this project will influence thinking about the meaning of “education” for years to come. “ Herb Alpert spoke about his connection to the project and his twenty-year relationship with Paul Cummins: “Paul has a unique concept about education, and it’s not just about the academics, it’s about getting the most out of the students;  to appreciate their differences… that is one of the keys.”

At the conclusion of the formal ceremony, guests were escorted by members of New Roads School’s student council onto the construction site and the newly-poured concrete slab floor for the theater where they signed the steel beams framing the stage.

The Performing Arts and Leadership Center, Phase 1 of construction, is central to the vision of The Herb Alpert Educational Village.  In addition to its 350-seat theater (acoustics engineered by Disney Hall acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota) the “green” facility will house the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater, the Capshaw-Spielberg Center for Arts and Educational Justice, classroom space for New Roads School, plus office and meeting space for the New Visions Foundation and other non-profit organizations dedicated to working creatively and collaboratively towards common goals in educational advancement.

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Building the Future of New Roads School!

By Nancy London - Posted: September 1, 2011

The New Roads School Board of Trustees, in partnership with New Roads School’s founding organization, the New Visions Foundation, is creating an extraordinary and unique educational center - The Herb Alpert Educational Village – to enhance New Roads’ established commitment to community and to college-preparatory education rich in diversity, innovation, respectful inquiry, and intellectual excellence.

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New Santa Monica Middle School Campus Opens

By Nancy London - Posted: September 13, 2010

Construction of the Herb Alpert Educational Village proceeds apace.  Our new Santa Monica Middle School campus opened on September 10th with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for Middle School families and faculty marking the first day of school.  The beautiful new building is the first part of Phase 1 Village construction to be completed and, in addition to general-purpose classrooms,  includes a dedicated art room, music room, and science lab; new space for our Business Office; and a large new multi-purpose room.  As part of the unified Herb Alpert Campus, these specialty spaces will help support and expand both middle and high school programs and will encourage productive interaction among middle and high school students and staff.

Phase 1 construction is also well underway on the High School campus.  During the summer, the campus was reconfigured and new classroom units were installed in preparation for the demolition of our courtyard building later this year.  A groundbreaking ceremony (stay tuned for dates/details) will mark the start of construction of the theater/convening-space complex that is at the heart of the Village concept.

The Herb Alpert Educational Village

By Nancy London - Posted: September 13, 2010

With the opening of our new Santa Monica Middle School campus on September 10th, we have taken one more step towards the materialization of our innovative Herb Alpert Educational Village. Named for its founding benefactor, the Herb Alpert Educational Village will bring together in one location diverse elements of the education community – researchers, civic organizations, students and faculty – to foster innovative, creative collaborations that confront the challenge of improving student success and implementing best practices throughout Los Angeles and nationwide.


Upon completion, anticipated in late 2011, the Educational Village will be home to New Roads School, the New Visions Foundation, and a state-of-the-art Performing Arts and Leadership Center, including a 350-seat theater and office/meeting space for non-profit organizations involved with educational advancement.

On the high school campus, preparations are underway for construction of the Performing Arts and Leadership Center. Salvageable items have been removed from the “courtyard building” on campus, the basketball court and baseball batting cage have been relocated, and additional modular buildings are being installed to accommodate – temporarily - offices and classrooms previously housed in the courtyard building.  The entire integrated Village supports the City of Santa Monica’s vision for new Land Use and Circulation and will comprise multiple innovative “green” buildings using locally produced materials and relying on natural light and air flow. Check back often to follow our progress..