K-12 Architecture

Innovative and sustainable 21st century learning environments

Today’s educators are challenged to provide academic settings that inspire a lifelong love of learning. Mindful of finite resources and increasing program demands in the K-12 environment, our academic architects create flexible, technology rich, learning environments that transform quickly to support multiple modes of learning and uses – and to be adaptable to new, varied program uses in the future. Our primary objective is to understand what makes a school unique and how, architecturally, we can support that philosophy through our planning process and design efforts.


Ratcliff is well-versed in master planning, site planning, adaptive re-use and renovation, and new construction for Bay Area independent schools (denominational and non-denominational). Our portfolio demonstrates sustainable achievements in the planning and design of classrooms, libraries, conference rooms, faculty offices and administration areas, science labs, performing arts/ event centers, auditoriums, cafeterias and other specialized facilities both as new and renovated facilities. We have also successfully guided numerous independent schools through complex neighbor and City negotiations that have included increases in square footage, land use permit revisions, changes to parking and circulation, increases in student enrollment, and modifications to historic or contextual buildings and campuses.

  • Feasibility Studies and Building Evaluations

  • Master Planning / Entitlements

  • Programming

  • Sustainability Assessment

  • Architecture

  • Interior Design

  • Renderings/Models to Assist with Fundraising


The College Preparatory School, De La Salle High School, Junipero Serra High School, Carondelet High School, Notre Dame High School, Sacred Heart Cathedral High School, Marin Academy, Blue Oak School, Proof School, Prospect Sierra School, Seven Hills School, Athenian School, Escuela Bilingüe Internacional, Genentech, Head Royce, La Scuola International School, Charles Armstrong School, St. Matthews Episcopal Day School, St. Raymond School, St. Vincent de Paul School, and Seneca Center