Ross K-8 School

Ross K-8 School

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Flood Protection & Gymnasium Modernization

Ross School District | Ross, CA
380 students | 53,800 sf

Built in the early 1940s and expanded in 1999, the Ross School adjoins the town green. Due to its location in a flood plain, the entire school was inundated with water in 1982, and again in 2005, when one foot of water flowed through the hallways. In light of this issue, the community approved a bond to modernize, reconstruct and protect the school from flooding as well as provide modern 21st century learning environments. The project received an unprecedented Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to raise portions of the classroom wings four feet – a first in the nation for a school – and was granted hardship funding to replace portions of the school that could not be lifted with new facilities. Significantly, the school’s design now accommodates community functions including recreation and provides performance spaces linked to the Town Green. In 2010, the existing undersized gymnasium/multi-purpose room was replaced with a new gymnasium with gathering courtyards, food service, and a two-sided outdoor stage that also faces the Town Green.


  • Photovoltaic System Providing 90% of Energy Usage
  • Two-Sided Stage
  • Break-Out Spaces
  • K-4 Spanish Lab


QKA has been instrumental in our District receiving funding for our project, namely $1 million from FEMA and over $6.8 million from the Office of Public School Construction. Tammy Murphy, Past Superintendent, Ross School District