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Building 601 Dolores: We Did It!

Through the generous support of our community, we exceeded the fundraising goal for 601 Dolores to complete our campaign!
Our new school opened April 20, 2015 with 117 students ranging from fifth to eighth grade.

The impact of 601 Dolores has provided immediate benefits to our students. The school has already expanded to two sections per grade through seventh grade, and this fall we will have a total of 437 students enrolled with 135 students at 601 Dolores. Featuring nine spacious classrooms, two science labs, a large performance space, roof-top garden and terrace, offices and multi-purpose spaces, the additional 18,000 square feet of space gives us an exciting opportunity to ensure educational continuity for students from preschool through middle school in an architecturally inspiring urban environment. 

Our Goal

  • Convert 601 Dolores into a state of the art middle school campus
  • Complete our gradual growth to two sections per grade in K-8
  • Provide an additional 18,000 square feet where our students will:
    - Gather and perform in the Great Hall
    - Learn to share passions and knowledge in the Innovation Lab for digital arts
    - Discover the natural sciences in two state-of-the art labs
    - Practice sustainable agriculture in the rooftop garden
    - Learn about farm-to-table nutrition in the teaching kitchen
    - Collaborate and make interdisciplinary connections in nine dynamic classrooms
    - Conduct small-group and independent projects in breakout study spaces
    - Walk three short blocks to our founding campus
    - Grow the CDS Endowment Fund to bolster our long-term financial stability and our commitment to sliding scale tuition 

Phase 1: Completed 2011

  • CDS raised $2.6M from the generosity of CDS families, grandparents, foundations and friends for the acquisition of 601 Dolores!

Phase 2: Completed 2015

  • CDS raised $6M to convert 601 Dolores into a state-of-the-art middle school. 
  • Complete seismic, strengthening, accessibility and life safety upgrades for the entire building
  • Build nine classrooms inside the three story 18,000 square foot building 
  • Open Founders Hall, a flexible space for performances, speakers and assemblies
  • Add cutting-edge spaces such as two science labs and the Innovation Lab that will provide students with an opportunity for hands-on, experiential learning, and tinkering
  • Provide spaces to practice sustainable agriculture in the Rooftop Garden and outdoor Rooftop Terrace, which will function as a lunch space for the students as well as an outdoor classroom space. A teaching kitchen will also enable students to learn about farm-to-table nutrition

Future Campaign:

  • On our founding campus, make upgrades to our main building at St. Joseph’s Hall.
  • Build an endowment to bolster our long-term financial stabilility and commitment to sliding-scale tuition.

Growth will enable CDS to deepen academic, cultural, athletic and social experiences for all of our students. As we grow our community we will sustain our commitment to economic diversity and offer a richer educational experience for all.

Join us as we take our campus well into the 21st century. To learn more about ways in which you can get involved, contact Jeanna Yoo, Director of Advancement, at (415) 861-5432 x323 or

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