DJDS | Five Keys Mobile Classroom
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A School on Wheels


Client: Five Keys Schools and Programs

Team: Zoe Parsigian, Julia Grinkrug, Deanna Van Buren, David Wright & Nathan Kandus (Envelope Engineers), Sudie Wentling, Sabrina Fair

Status: Complete


The School on Wheels project is a re-furbished MUNI bus transformed into a mobile schoolhouse, complete with classroom space, library and computerized learning (mobile hotspot).  Additional services will include guidance counseling and social services to address issues such as substance abuse and violence prevention which contribute to compromised learning opportunities.

These mobile school sites can move around the City, providing key resources in a community, especially for neighborhoods where the majority of residents are below the federal poverty line who have little income to own vehicles or even to access public transportation.  Many are single parents with limited options for childcare. Safety is an issue for many Five Keys students. Many cannot cross the street to attend classes out of fear that they have entered into gang territory—even for non-gang members.

In bringing school to the people the School on Wheels harnesses the power of mobile infrastructure to address social change.