Escondido Elementary School



Escondido Elementary School

890 Escondido Road

Built: 1960, 1961, 1967, 2001, (Project Currently in Design)

Total Site Area:

7.9 Acres

Building Area/Miscellaneous Circulation


Parking Area


Hard-Court Play Area


Turf Play Area


Building Area:                         46,825 SF and

XX,XXX SF (In Design)

Existing Classroom Size           920 to 1440 SF

2018/2019 Enrollment:           533

Escondido Elementary School is comprised of ten permanent single-story buildings set in a configuration around a central courtyard and field space to the north. The site is bounded on two sides by Stanford Ave and Escondido Road. Escondido was originally constructed in 1960 with additional rooms added in 1961 and 1967.

In 1960 two classroom wings, a Kindergarten wing and the Administration / Multipurpose buildings were built. In 1961, two more classroom buildings were built, with another added in 1967.

In 2001 a B4E project included conversion of two classrooms housing the library to classrooms, conversion and construction of a new library space within an existing building and construction of a new classroom wing. There are a total of ten relocatable buildings on this site, with eight housing classrooms and two housing Day-Care facilities.

Despite the pressure on campus athletic and recreational space this heavily enrolled school currently relies upon a wing of portable classrooms placed in the fields. Proposed expansion of Stanford housing may further exacerbate overcrowding.

Needs Summary

Design is currently underway on a Strong Schools bond project that will replace the Multipurpose building and construct new classrooms. The project includes demolition of an existing classroom wing and construction of a new Multipurpose building with a servery and two enrichment labs, new construction of three classrooms and re-programming the old MP building into another enrichment lab.

In the future, needs include replacement of the Administration building and the Library. Other needs include new classrooms to replace those in portables, a new learning center and resource center.

In addition, site needs will also include existing classroom upgrades and site improvements to expand field space.

Remaining masterplan projects include:

  • New Administration Wing
  • New Library
  • Replace portable classrooms with new classrooms
  • Modernization of existing classrooms
  • A/C throughout
  • Exterior envelope improvements
  • Accessible playground

PAUSD plans air conditioning installation at all schools. In conjunction with the air conditioning work the campus will require energy efficiency upgrades including envelope improvements such as new doors and windows, as well as solar panel installation. Classroom modernization will also include an upgraded technology infrastructure and equipment including projectors and LED screens.

Site work includes new paving, an accessible playground, and planting.

Facilities Conditions

The school is located on Escondido Road and is bounded by Stanford Ave. to the south.  The drop-off and parking area are located at the front of the school, which was expanded to improve traffic flow.  ADA site accessibility and parking spaces were improved in 2001, but the campus is not in compliance with current ADA requirements.

The asphalt parking lot on campus is of adequate size and has recently been resurfaced. The hardcourts were also resurfaced and are showing no signs of failure. The redtop areas under the canopy are cracked locally but are in fair shape compared to other campuses.

The sanitary sewer and domestic water system is original and has not been replaced.  The domestic water backflow preventer was installed in 1989. These lines should be evaluated and replaced if necessary.  The fire water lines and hydrants on site were added in 2001 and should not require any new work. A new electrical service was also provided to the site during that project.  The gas service is run overhead exposed on the roof and was installed in 1975.  The site drainage around the campus has some local areas of ponding, but generally appears to be in good condition. 

All of the buildings on campus have built up roofing, hollow metal doors and a painted stucco exterior.  The original windows are still in place and include the original single pane glazing.  This is causing significant air infiltration and heat loss, which impacts the heating systems for the buildings during cold weather. 

The campus consists of six small classroom pods of two to four classrooms each. The play areas are split, with a central yard with a playground near the classrooms, and a second play field located on the north end of the campus. There are 5 pods from the original design that house three or four classrooms each. Two smaller wings housing two classrooms each were built in 2001. There are also eight modular classrooms on this campus, six of which are in a row along the western edge of the north playfield along with the two day-care facilities.

The classroom interiors in the original classroom wing were all modernized in 2001, with flooring, wall surfaces, markerboards, furnace units, lighting, power and data distribution all being replaced.  Portions of the casework were replaced with new plastic laminate units, with the remaining casework left in place as painted wood.  The glue up acoustic ceiling tiles were either replaced or left in place, and painted to appear uniform, diminishing the acoustic qualities of the tiles.

The Library was renovated in 2001 and at 4,032 SF is adequate in size but oddly configured in an octagonal building.  This building is planned to be demolished in the future to make room for new classrooms, with the Library planned to be located closer to the front of school.

The Administration area was renovated in 2001 with flooring, casework and paint. Mechanical equipment, plumbing and lighting were replaced throughout. 

The Multipurpose building at 2,240 SF is undersized for the current campus capacity, especially given this campus has the largest enrollment in the district. There is a Strong Schools bond project currently in design to replace this building.