Dexter Filming Locations: Lisa's School

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The location: Travis's sister Lisa's School

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. An elementary school.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 6, of Season 6, "Just Let Go".

    Travis Marshall visits his sister, Lisa, at the school where she works as a teacher.

    She is in a colorful outdoor environment, surrounded by little kids, who are painting at easels.

    Lisa is very happy to see him, and remarks that he has never visited her there before.

    Travis tries to cut the visit short, but Lisa insists that he stay. She tells her students that Travis is a very talented artist, and incites them into cheering for him to join them.

    Travis's mood brightens, and he stays and interacts with the kids.

    He asks one little girl what she is painting.  She says that they are painting what they want to be when they grow up - and that she wants to be a nurse like her mom.

    Lisa remarks that they are so full of dreams, and have all the time in the world to make them come true.

    This makes Travis pause and look at the children, because of his belief that they are all doomed as the End of the World approaches.

We see the school again in Episode 8 ("Sin of Omission") when the police discover Lisa's dead body, after she has been killed by Gellar and posed as "The Whore of Babylon".

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. An elementary school.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

A. This scene was shot at Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School, at
1022 N
. Van Ness Ave
, in Hollywood, CA.

(And yes, the school does border Santa Monica Blvd, on its north side. Van Ness Ave is on its west side

    The scene was filmed down at the south end of the school, in an open area (perhaps a kindergarten) filled with the kind of colorful umbrellas & playground equipment seen on the show.

It's very close to two other locations where they filmed scenes for this same episode: Leo's house, and the alley where Anderson "flamingoed" a junkie.

And it's literally across the street from (east of) both Paramount Studios, and the Hollywood Forever cemetery (where they filmed the scenes of Rita's funeral, and of Dexter digging up Miguel's victim).

    Here is a Google StreetView of the west side of the school:

    Here is an aerial photo of the location.  And here is a map link.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A.  In previous seasons, I've usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes.  By the 6th season, though, I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know in advance when something was about to film there.

    Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode aired, I already knew most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only needed to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Ellen, Susan, Jason, Elaine, Joel, Julie, Geoff, Jeff, Jen, and others. My thanks to all of them.

    This tip came from Rick, and it was very welcome, indeed.

    I have found that schools are some of the most difficult locations to track down.  Why?  Because there are hundreds & hundreds of them, a school in every neighborhood across Southern California.  And many of them look remarkably similar.  Trying to pinpoint one school out of so many, based on a brief glimpse in a scene, can be next to impossible. 

    The only way to improve my chances is to search first near areas where they had filmed other scenes in same episode, but that still doesn't guarantee success.  Fortunately, Rick knew where it was.  (Thanks, Rick!)

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