KIPP Compton Community School, Zest is a 34,000-s.f., (2) two-story, TK-1* elementary school with an MPR and play yard.

The school offers tuition-free, college-preparatory, public charter school education, and is part of the national KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) network of 224 schools in 20 states and Washington, DC. KIPP Compton is KIPP SoCal’s first school outside of Los Angeles Unified School District, in the heart of Compton. Their curricula focuses on social justice, college and career readiness, and civic engagement.

Berliner Architects studied the surrounding neighborhood and schools to inform the design scheme. The site is adjacent to residential and commercial areas, so sightlines and overall visibility were taken into consideration when designing the school scheme, making sure that the street-facing facades incorporated different materials, colors, and massing to give relief to the facades. The school was designed at a smaller scale to be comfortable for the elementary school students and incorporates warm, inviting color palettes.

Oltmans Construction’s building scope includes: the demolition of the former existing building and site fixtures and the construction of new building to include automatic fire sprinkler, voice-alarm, and fire-alarm systems; a passenger elevator; 26 classrooms; accessory administration office space; 2,814 s.f. of multi-purpose room and servery area; and an open play yard with synthetic turf. New site work also encompasses concrete pavement and parking spaces, new landscape area, and a new SCE transformer.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, KIPP Compton Zest incorporates design elements that will help to reduce the transmission of viruses and germs, such as automatic entry doors, touch-less faucets, toilets, soap dispensers, and hand driers, as well as trough sinks outside the restroom for easy hand washing.

*A grade level will be added each year until the school has fully grown to serve grades TK-8th.

Square Footage:

34,000 s.f. Building Area / 59,000 s.f. Site Area