Facilities Master Plan

What is a Master Plan?

A master plan is a living document consisting of a set of guiding principles and facility projects that will align EBI’s built environment with its strategic vision. This document serves as a road map for the construction and development of our Emeryville Campus that will be regularly reassessed at decision-making junctures.

The master plan also served as a feasibility study to show whether a full EBI PK-8th grade program could "fit" on the San Pablo Campus. While the timing included in the master plan was fairly optimistic, with the benefit of the Alcatraz lease, we view the four-building master plan as a "long term" solution. In the meantime, we are fortunate to be able to continue as a two campus school.  Year-to-year configurations of which students are learning where are determined to best meet the needs of the program as the school grows and middle school expands, and as new buildings become feasible.

EBI’s Master Plan

During the 2011-2012 school year, our architects at Ratcliff led a school community master planning session. This meeting gave students, parents, faculty and staff an opportunity to contribute ideas that would influence the physical interior and exterior development of the Emeryville campus. Ideas were gathered and our architects transformed this information into a 2D drawing and a lengthy written document that we now have as a valuable resource moving forward.

 EBI Master Plan design 

Who’s Where When

The current thinking is that EBI will be a two-campus school for the foreseeable future with the grade occupancy as follows (subject to change):

Year Alcatraz San Pablo
2015-2016 Pre-kinder - 1st grade 2nd-8th grade
2016-2017 Pre-kinder -1st grade 2nd-8th grade
2017-2018 Pre-kinder - 1st grade 2nd-8th grade
2018-2019 TBD - See FAQ's TBD - See FAQ's

Phase completion of Master Plan at the San Pablo Campus

The phasing has already changed from the original projection showing the flexibility of this document and how it allows the administration to meet the school’s current needs.

Phase I - Structural upgrade, phased renovation of a portion of the existing building’s first floor, and phased site improvements including the Adventure Play Area (Completed 2012)



Phase II - Interior renovation of existing building’s entire first floor and half of second floor (Completion Summer 2014).





Phase III - Interior renovation of remaining second floor spaces (Estimated for 2016)

Phase IV - Construction of a new two-story east building and site improvements (TBD)

Phase V - Construction of a new two-story south building and site improvements (TBD)

Phase VI - Construction of a new multi-use athletics building and site improvements (TBD)


1. Why are we leasing the St. Augustine’s Building (Alcatraz Campus)?

a. The terms under which our lease contract was negotiated were favorable for EBI. We have a lot of space at a very affordable rate.

b. Constructing a new building is very expensive, so it makes financial sense for us to rent for as long as we can before committing to a new building.  

2. When does our lease expire at St. Augustines (Alcatraz Campus)?

a. EBI’s current lease expires in June of 2016, followed by two five year options.  

b. Upon expiration of the first term in June of 2016, EBI intends to negotiate a third five year option.

3. Will middle school be moving back to the Alcatraz Campus?

We have various facility options to support the middle school program as it expands.  For now the middle school is housed on the second floor of the San Pablo Campus and can expand into the second half of the 2nd floor once Phase III is completed. The Alcatraz Campus is also well suited to house the middle school due to the gymnasium and expansive outdoor area. The administration will continue to assess the needs of the program annually and make any necessary changes needed in order to best support our expanding middle school program.