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Basic Construction Data - CalEdFacts

This content is part of California Department of Education's information and media guide about education in the State of California. For similar information on other topics, visit the full CalEdFacts.

These are average costs based on the allowances provided in the state's School Facility Program (SFP). Costs will vary by location, the local building economy, and the type of facilities needed to support a district's educational program.

Level Cost per Student* Students per School Construction cost per School

Square Feet per Student

School Site Size (acres)** Cost per Square Foot Land Cost at 25% of Construction Cost Total Cost (Millions)
Elem. $16,669 600 $10,001,400 71 9.6 $235 $2,500,350 $12.50
Middle $18,398 1,000 $18,398,000 85 21.9 $216 $4,499,500 $23.00
High $21,928 1,800 $39,470,400 92 44.5 $238 $9,876,600 $49.34

*Costs based on twice the state share (as of August 26, 2009) provided in the "School Facility Program." Includes design fees, furniture, equipment, and construction.
**Based on the number of students per school and the guidelines in School Site Analysis and Development, 2000 Edition.

Questions:   Fred Yeager | fyeager@cde.ca.gov | 916-327-7148
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