Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School

148 W Duarte Road, Monrovia, CA 91016

Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School serves 6-8th grade students and is part of Monrovia USD.

The campus is located in the San Gabriel River Watershed drainage basin, less than 2 miles north of Peck Road Water Conservation Park and Rio Hondo Corridor, both integral elements of the greater Emerald Necklace. It offers unobstructed views of the San Gabriel Mountains from its athletic fields and play areas. The Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School Discovery Watershed Campus allows students and the surrounding community to establish a connection with the natural area, which lies just a few miles away. The project also addresses urban heat island challenges and stormwater resource issues.

Interpretative and Wayfinding Elements

Braille and tactille interpretative and wayfinding signage

The Braille Trail at Sante Fe Computer Magnet Middle School Watershed Discovery Campus incorporates universally accessible interpretive elements to provide independent, safe access to visually impaired students and visitors. The initiative allows this historically marginalized group to enjoy experiences and activities traditionally catered exclusively to sighted communities. In doing so, the goal was to invite a broader range of visitors to experience the Emerald Necklace and its multi-benefit trails, parks, and green campuses.

This project is one of the first universally accessible nature paths of its kind serving eastern Los Angeles County. It serves as a template for future universally accessible improvements.

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Stencil elements

The entrance of the school features a Call To Earth Day
Mural with an illustration of the Emerald Necklace Map of waterways. It includes stencils with the word ‘water’ translated into the 110 languages spoken in Los Angeles. Leaves stencil paths and Braille stencils can also be found across campus.

Urban Forest

The project holistically addresses environmental and public health challenges through convergent green infrastructure, fostering the campus’ urban forest.

Hundreds of native grasses and shrubs were added to the front pedestrian path leading to the school’s entrance, which also acts as a Braille and tactile nature trail. They provide a welcoming and nourishing experience for students, teachers, parents, and the surrounding community alike.
Trees were planted around the perimeter of the large athletic field and in the quads between classroom buildings, increasing the amount of shade and, in turn, reducing air conditioning needs.

A pollinator garden was created by planting over 20 species of flowering native plants. This project adds habitat value adjacent to Emerald Necklace’s contiguous riparian corridors, linking habitats in a continuous open space network, and providing habitat for species like the Monarch butterflies and more than 300 migratory and nesting bird species that travel through the region.

Storm Water Resources

The school’s multi-objective water quality project aims to improve watershed health by addressing rainwater and runoff infiltration and vector issues. A large bioswale was installed between a quad on the north side of campus to address flooding issues. The area also serves as an outside classroom. Additional planters and rain gardens were strategically installed throughout the campus to capture and infiltrate stormwater on-site. The path along the front of the school on Duarte Rd was built with pervious pavement and surrounded by swaths of native plants. Pervious pavement was also strategically installed at entrances and exits to the school parking lot. New ADA-accessible permeable paths were added around the main athletic field. The permeable pavements help mitigate stormwater runoff issues and support groundwater recharge.

This project was made possible by:

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Rivers and Mountains Conservancy