The Gloria M. Sabater Elementary School is one of six demonstration schools awarded by the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (formerly School Construction Corporation). A demonstration school as defined by the NJSDA is a community based school developed in partnership with the local government. A significant part of the School is funded by the State of New Jersey; however, many of the community features such as the pool, portions of the gymnasium and some of the exterior recreational spaces are paid by the City of Vineland with grants and private donations.
- The new 820 student Pre-k - 5 school is separated into three components:Infant care up to the pre-k program; pre-k and kindergarten students are placed around an internal courtyard that is utilized for outdoor recreation; first grade to third grade students are placed on the opposite side of the school where older students occupy the second floor.
- Another internal courtyard can be utilized for outdoor recreational activities while providing a secure setting for students, parents and family. Support spaces such as the gym and pool are supported by a multi-use cafeteria and media center that can also be utilized by the public after hours. Outdoor features include a new amphitheater, basketball courts and a fitness trail.
- The building has been designed as a green structure that is sustainable and energy efficient. The building’s heating and cooling capabilities are supported by a closed loop geo-thermal system.
- The new Vineland Adult Education and Healthcare Center, also designed by USA, is housed in a separate adjacent building to the Demonstration School. Together, these two buildings comprise the 11 acre downtown educational campus.