Dr. Justina Ford Elementary

Thanks to the generous support of LPS voters, construction is complete on the new Dr. Justina Ford Elementary School to serve the southeast corner of the district (on the previous Ames Facility campus). This new neighborhood school serves an area of LPS where many young families are buying homes and where current students were bussed out of their neighborhood to other LPS elementary schools. The new elementary school serves these students in their own neighborhood.

Dr. Justina Ford Elementary School provides the appropriate space for small and large group instruction, creativity and innovation. It includes new playgrounds, playing fields and parking to serve the neighborhood. Dr. Justina Ford Elementary School opened this fall for the 2021–2022 school year.

Drone Flyover August 10, 2021

Interior Photos


(August 2021) Mechanical equipment continues to be calibrated. Mass notification systems have been tested and are ready. The gym floor needed to be refinished, and that has been completed and is in review. Landscaping is wrapping up, and cleaning up of the construction site will be completed by the start of school. The sod field will be open in late August. The building is ready for students!

(May 12, 2021) Concrete, asphalt, grading, irrigation, and landscaping work continue. Rubber surfacing for all playgrounds has been poured. Exterior masonry, metal panels, and roof punch list is scheduled. Site perimeter fence will begin soon, and neighbors have been contacted about this. Inside the school, work progresses on mechanical, IT, and plumbing systems. Flooring, final coats of paint, wood ceilings, and wainscot installations are progressing. Acoustic panels and markerboards are being installed. Millwork is being installed in the media center. The gym flooring has been installed; striping and sealing are in progress.

Architect's Fly-Through of the New Elementary School

November 2018 - January 2019

  • Take inventory of all functions of the Ames Campus and determine a plan for relocating programs currently housed in Ames
  • Select architect and engineering firms for the new elementary school on the current Ames Facility campus
  • Survey the Ames property

February 2019 - Summer 2019

  • Prepare Highland Elementary campus to serve The Village Preschool at Ames 
  • Conduct environmental surveys
  • Request qualifications for Construction Manager General Contractor
  • Begin design development of new elementary school

June 2019 - August 2019

The construction of the new elementary school at Ames is a pivotal piece of the bond program, and it is important to get started right away. In order to place the new school, playgrounds, play fields and parking in the locations that best fit the neighborhood, the current Ames facility will be scraped to prepare the campus for new construction. Therefore, programs currently being served in the Ames Facility will be moving to their new location or to a temporary location until their new permanent home is ready.

All programs serving students will be relocated by June 2019:

  • The Village for Early Childhood Education at Ames will move to its new home at Highland Elementary School at the end of the 2018-2019 school year to serve students there beginning August 2019
  • The LPS Career and Technical Education programs at Ames will move at the end of this current school year to temporary locations (details coming soon)
  • Office space at Ames for staff members serving multiple schools and programs across the district will move at the end of the 2018-2019 school year to temporary locations (details coming soon)
  • Professional Development at Ames for LPS staff will take place in other LPS schools and/or in community spaces beginning June 2019 

Appropriate abatement activities will begin on the Ames Campus in preparation for future demolition of the current Ames Facility.

August 2019 - March 2020

  • Demolition of current Ames Facility

Spring 2020 - August 2021

  • Construction of new elementary school on Ames Campus
  • Construction of parking lots, fields and playgrounds

Dr. Justina Ford Elementary Grand Opening:  Fall of 2021!