About Our Plan

Eleven years ago, Head-Royce was able to purchase eight acres of land directly across the street from our current campus—a rare opportunity for a school, especially in an urban area. After years of thoughtful collaboration with key stakeholders, including parents, faculty, neighbors, alumni, and students, the South Campus Plan (formally referred to by the City of Oakland as the Head-Royce School Planned Unit Development (PUD) Project) was created. This plan represents a transformative opportunity to create a cutting-edge instructional environment designed for the future of education—all while preserving the qualities that have defined Head-Royce School for over 135 years.


  • A new STEM Center will offer 25,000 square feet of dedicated STEM classroom space and Design-Maker Labs
  • Construction of a Collaboration Center that will serve as a new community hub for school-centered gatherings
  • The addition of a Welcome Center will greet students, parents, teachers, and visitors to the new South Campus
  • A 12,000 square foot Performing Arts Center will serve as a campus hub for artistic expression
  • A design gallery and huddle rooms for faculty-student collaboration, project prototyping, and small group work space
  • The Commons will serve as a focal point for the South Campus, a central gathering space where students can each lunch and work outdoors
  • Eight acres of lightly developed property with wooded areas, mature trees, and inviting open spaces will facilitate extensive outdoor learning opportunities
  • A new two-lane loop driveway encircling the south side of the campus will be included for parent pick-up/drop-off, removing traffic from Lincoln Avenue and easing neighborhood congestion
  • A coordinated series of signalized pedestrian crossings will safely allow students, staff and neighbors to travel between the North and South sides of the campus across Lincoln. A pedestrian tunnel may be built beneath Lincoln Avenue in a future project phase to further enhance crossing convenience for the Head-Royce community
  •  Increased student enrollment from the current 900 to a maximum of 1,250 over a 20 year period, creating nearly 100 new student scholarships and offering more equitable access to a Head-Royce education to families of all backgrounds