This school year, students at Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science returned to find some new features on campus: a physical education building, a science lab and a computer integrated manufacturing lab.
The old gymnasium had been demolished due to seismic safety reasons. In its place is a new structure that includes boys’ and girls’ locker rooms, restrooms, a fitness lab and a weight room.
The new labs (in Building 200 and 400) were installed to accommodate experiments and studies in the 11th and 12th grade science and engineering curricula.
Construction of a $20 million science building to replace Buildings 200 and 300 is scheduled to begin next fall or winter. Sato Academy will also be fully air-conditioned, and a new lunch shelter will be built in 2021-22.
Sato Academy is the second of several small high schools opened with school bond funding. The site, formerly Hill Middle School, now serves 9th, 10th and 11th graders. In another year, the campus will become a full-fledged four-year high school, with a total of about 700 students.
Located adjacent to Cal State Long Beach, Sato Academy offers a specialized curriculum incorporating the latest technology for students interested in engineering and biomedical science careers. With resources of the university readily accessible, the academy is unique among high schools in Long Beach.