“So, what’s up with Kaley Elementary now that it’s not a school?”
– Bungalower Reader
A revamp of Orlando’s downtown schools in 2015 led to the surprise closure of a number of smaller institutions, including the architecturally significant Kaley Elementary.
Students from Kaley Elementary were rezoned into the new K-8 Lake Como School in order to shut it down. Other small neighborhood schools like Fern Creek and Lake Como Elementary were closed as well.
The Tudor Revival building was built in 1936 and was made an Orlando Landmark in 1995. The building was built during the Great Depression using eight-pound bricks from nearby streets while Kaley Street was being refinished, due to a lack of building resources.
The Kaley building has been repurposed to house professional development services for Orange County Public Schools and also houses the district’s audiology program.
The Kaley Elementary School building is located at 1600 E. Kaley Street [GMap].