Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary (under construction)

rendering of new Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary
Construction has begun on a new school, Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary, at 220 N. Whisman Road, next to the former site of Slater Elementary (currently leased to a daycare).  Site work continues through Summer 2018. Foundation and building construction work begins in October 2018. The school is scheduled for completion in August 2019. Field construction will take place in Summer 2019 through December 2019.

To be added to the list for future communications about the new school please, complete this online form.

To learn more about Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary's boundaries, click here.


picture of N Whisman School groundbreaking invitation

The Board of Trustees held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new school on Thursday, April 26, 2018. 

blue thought bubble with the word school
Community members, staff members and parents in spring 2018 shared their opinions about the important attributes and contributions of a potential person/namesake for this new school, as well as the traits of its new principal through a ThoughtExchange/online conversation. Click here to view the results of this online community conversation. (En español)


For the informational postcard sent to the Slater neighborhood, click here (en español)


On June 16, 2016, the Board authorized initiation of the design process for the new school. The Board voted in 2015 to open it as a neighborhood school in fall of 2019.

District staff completed site planning for the construction of the new school on N. Whisman that will house kindergarten through fifth grade beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. The financing for this new campus is supported by revenue the District earns from property that it leases.

Who will attend?
Capacity and grade levels: 450 students in kinder-fifth grades. Student attendance boundaries were determined as part of district-wide boundary revisions. Click here for more information.

School design process/timeline
Residents and staff members met to give feedback concepts (see below)

Dec. 5, 2016____Community Meeting #1 at Board Room
Jan. 5, 2017____Board of Trustees review of concept
Jan. 9, 2017____Community Meeting #2, at 6:30 p.m., Theuerkauf Library
Feb. 2, 2017____Board of Trustees review of concept #2
Feb. 16, 2017___Board of Trustees consider approval of conceptual design

Construction timeline
Slater construction chart

Preliminary concepts were discussed with participants in the Dec. 5, 2016 community meeting. The Board of Trustees gave final input on the conceptual designs on Feb. 2, 2017. District staff and architects refined modified concept 1C for approved by the Board at its Feb. 16, 2017 meeting. 

Click here for the site plan

Google preschool program at existing Gladys Avenue campus will remain.

The District is talking with the City of Mountain View about traffic improvements to North Whisman Avenue
o Alignment of Slater campus entrance driveway with Pacific Drive
o New traffic signal at Pacific Drive
o Pedestrian crosswalks
o Bike lanes

Campus Facilities Features (under consideration)
o Administration building (offices, meeting rooms, health center, support services, staff room, network equipment)
o Multi-Use building (Student Nutrition kitchen, student eating area, assembly space, stage)
o Library building
o Kinder complex including three (3) classrooms with restrooms and dedicated play yard
o Fifteen (15) general education classrooms in 2-story buildings
o Two (2) Flexible-Use classrooms
o Restrooms and storage spaces
o Paved play yard
o Age-appropriate play structures
o Synthetic turf play fields
o Parking lot
o Curb-side pick-up/drop-off lanes
o Bike cage
o Teaching gardens


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