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Esencia New K-8 School CEQA Clearance

PlaceWorks prepared an initial study, negative declaration, and other studies for the Capistrano Unified School District to acquire property and construct and operate a K–8 school.



Capistrano Unified School District


Rancho Mission Viejo, California


  • School Facilities Planning
  • CEQA/NEPA Compliance
  • Air Quality & GHG
  • Noise & Vibration
  • Site Assessment & Remediation

Esencia’s 16-acre school campus has 50 classrooms for 1,236 kindergarten through 8th-grade students, an administration/kitchen/multipurpose building, lunch shelters, hardcourts and playgrounds, a soccer field, and two parking lots. Four acres are shared/joint-use facilities with the community of Rancho Mission Viejo—a shared/joint-use soccer field and baseball field, a multipurpose building, and a parking lot. PlaceWorks is currently preparing a subsequent CEQA document to allow portable classrooms on the campus as interim housing while the new school is constructed.