At Santiago Charter Middle School our mission is to assist our students to attain an educational advantage by delivering a quality and disciplined public school education of unmatched quality.
515 N. Rancho Santiago Blvd.
Orange, CA 92869 | (714) 997-6366
As an independent charter school, any child in the 7th or 8th grade in the state of California may attend our school.
SARC (School Accountability Report Card), contains information about the condition and performance of each California public school. Please click here for Santiago's Accountability Report Card
Education Protection Account
Education Protection Account (EPA) Resolution 2016-2017
Education Protection Account (EPA) Spending Plan 2015-2016
Education Protection Account (EPA) Spending Plan 2014-2015
Education Protection Account Resolution 2015-2016
Education Protection Account Resolution 2014-2015
LCAP 2016-2019 Final Draft
LCAP 2015-2018 Final Draft
LCAP 2013-2014 Final Draft
Title III 2015-2016
Miss Patel, our on-site counselor here at Santiago, is very excited to support you in your journey through Middle School. Please visit her website at Miss Patel's Counseling Corner.
Student Concern Form
Please use this form to report any incidents that you have observed or students that you are concerned about at Santiago.
Stop Bullying Now is an online website that presents practical research-based strategies for reducing bullying in schools
The District’s policies on discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying can be accessed on the District’s website here. Copies are available in the school office. For a Student Guide to Understanding, Preventing and Avoiding Bullying & Harrassment please click here.
Introducing OverDrive: E-Books for Students
We are pleased to introduce a new, free reading service providing digital books through OverDrive. Please click here for more information. We are encouraging our students to keep up their reading skills by offering ebooks over the summer and throughout the year. For more information in Spanish, please click here.
Teen Happenings at the OPL
View free online tutorial videos for parents and students here
Late Start Wednesday
On late start Wednesdays school starts at 8:50am. Our regular days begin at 7:50am (Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri.) Late starts begin August 31, 2016, PLUS two late start Fridays (September 16 and March 3.)
If your student will be absent, please call (714) 628-5681 or you may send a note with your child when he/she returns to school.
After School Tutoring
Our after school tutoring is in the library from 3:00pm-3:50pm. We will have late busses available for students Monday-Thursday. Students participating in the after school program will board the bus at 4pm.
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Santiago's yearbook may be purchased through the front office.
Be sure to stay informed with OUSD's latest high school facility planning at:
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Smarter Balance Test:
Parent Information Meeting
Tuesday evening we met with parents to discuss what to expect with Smarter Balanced Testing and how to support our students in the upcoming weeks (May 15-26.) Together we viewed the following assessment information, and the Smarter Balanced Practice Test link.
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PTSA meetings will be held at 6pm in the library on May 23. (additional dates to be arranged)
Upcoming Campus Activities
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Students will be participating in Santiago's annual decathlon Thursday, May 31.
Food Drive for
ASB is holding a food drive for Second Harvest, a food bank in need of donations. They are accepting the following items: peanut butter, canned vegetables, rice, canned fruit, dried or canned beans, whole grain cereal, canned or boxed soup, whole grain pasta and canned fish. Donations will be accepted through June 2. Thank you!
Career Day, June 2
DSLC, June 2
Minimum Day, Friday, June 2
Students will be released from classes at 12:15pm
NJHS Induction will be on Monday, June 5 at 6:30pm in the cafeteria.
Students will be presenting their Science Fair projects all day in the cafeteria on Wednesday, June 7.
Minimum Day, June 9
Students have a minimum day on June 9. Classes will be released at 12:15pm
Will take place in the amphitheater beginning at 6:30pm on Monday, June 12.
7th Graders' Last Day
7th grade students-your last school day on Santiago's campus will be Wednesday, June 14.
8th Grade Promotion
Thursday, June 15 in the amphitheater at 11:00am.
Fresh and Clean!
That's how our students like to wear their P.E. uniforms. Unfortunately, those clean clothes might get left at home. Santiago has a remedy for that: loaner P.E. clothes! This is where we need parents to help. Santiago is looking for parents to help launder those borrowed items, so that the next student can wear "fresh and clean" clothing should they get left at home. Please contact Mrs. Figueroa at Patie4@sbcglobal.net or call her at 714-633-2619 to help.
Why Choose Santiago? Take a look!
Did you know that Santiago Charter Middle School is a school of choice? SCMS is a tuition-free, independent charter school with open enrollment for 7th and 8th grade students. We accept students from all attendance areas.
Interested families of 6th grade students are invited to call our front office to schedule a personal tour of our campus.
Mrs. Somers, our registrar, will be happy to provide further details at (714) 997-6366.
Cinderella Opens This Week!
Join us as Santiago's Musical Theater performs "Cinderella" May 23-26 at 7pm in the cafeteria. Tickets may be purchased in the front office.
We encourage students to get enough sleep, eat a healthy breakfast and be on time to "Rock the SBAC Test!" Testing will begin on Monday, May 15 and continue through Friday, May 26.
Memorial Day Observed: Campus Closed
Santiago's campus will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29.
8th Grade Promotion Party
8th grade students-get ready for your Promotion Party, which will be on Friday, June 9 from 5pm-8pm in the cafeteria. For additional information, please follow the Promotion Party. Both seventh and eighth parents are welcome to help with the party!
Wall of Fame
Our next Wall of Fame will be Wednesday, May 31 at 10:15am in the library.
You Are Invited to Santiago's Band and Choir Concert
Mr. Rodriguez and his students have been practicing for Santiago's next band and choir concert, which will take place on Wednesdy, May 31 at 7pm in the cafeteria.
Travis Blue, former Santiago student, is making a name for himself in Navy baseball. Last season he helped the team to its first NCAA Tournament win since 2002. For full story, please view here.
Dress Code for 8th Grade Promotion
Girls- No strapless or backless dresses or deep necklines. Moderate height heels or flats are recommended for safety as well as comfort. No formal gowns. Street or tea length dresses with shoulder straps or sleeves are appropriate, as are dressy skirts and blouses. Boys- No tuxedos, jeans, shorts, t-shirts or sweatshirts. Appropriate shoes must be worn. Dress slacks and a collared long or short-sleeved shirt, with or without a sports coat, or a sweater are appropriate. A tie is optional.
Código de vestimenta de promoción
Niñas- No vestidos sin tirantes o vestidos de espalda descubierta o escotes profundos. Se recomienda tacones de altura moderada o zapatillas planas para la seguridad y comodidad. No vestidos formales. Vestidos regulares o vestidos con tirantes anchos en los hombros o mangas son adecuados, así como blusas y faldas de vestir. Niños- No smokings, pantalones vaqueros, pantalones cortos, playeras o sudaderas. Deben llevarse zapatos adecuados. Vestir pantalones y una camisa de manga corta o larga con o sin un saco o suéter es adecuada. Corbata es opcional.
Strive Assembly Day
We are fortunate to have such wonderful students and staff who earn outstanding achievements and participate in STRIVE activities on our campus. We had an early start to our day by having our All Star Breakfast, where we recognized students who performed a kind or special deed without any prompting. Our STRIVE program began with the music group OffSunset, who will be releasing their latest musical recording this week. Officer Tom Kisela delivered an inspiring speech on the importance of integrity. We recognized Gold, Silver and Bronze Strive students, and our top ten readers. ASB, dance and cheer gave dazzling performances. Academic Pentathlon students proudly displayed medals that they were awarded in this week's competition (great job Mrs. Shukla and students!) We enjoyed the waterballoon game, and robotics demonstations. Mr. Tanner, Mr. Chiang and Mrs. Hurdle introduced the students who will be participating in the Foundation Games. Our day ended with the annual Students vs. Staff softball games. Thank you to all of our amazing students and staff who make Santiago a great school!
SCMS Anti-Bullying Campaign
Our staff and students were able to dedicate time to understand what bullying is, and what we can do to prevent it. We wanted to share that information with our communities and families with the hope that each person is given the opportunity to reach their fullest potentional, not only with their families and friends, but with everyone they meet. We hope the following information will inspire others as much as it did each person on our campus.
Santiago's Guest Speaker Wows Students
Cary Trivanovich gave a great pantomime performance before presenting a heartfelt speech about the effects of bullying at our latest assembly. He shared words of wisdom to inspire our students to reach towards the "rewards of selflessness" in their daily interactions. Mr. Trivanovich travels extensively throughout the country addressing students from elementary through high school.
Our parents had the opportunity to meet Mr. Trivanovich and Dr. Martin Eaton during both our anti-bullying parent presentation nights. These two knowledgeable professionals were available to answer questions and concerns regarding bullying. We are very appreciative of all the help they gave to our parents and staff. Mr. Trivanovich invites parents and students to view further information at coolassemblies.com.
SCMS Anti-Bullying Campaign
During our Anti-Bullying Campaign we helped students identify and understand the impact of bullying. In collaboration with our counselor, who put together our Prezio presentation, our students also viewed a video. Follow-up discussions were held at the end of the presentations and throughout the week. We've provided the SCMS Anti-Bullying video for familes who wish to have further discussions with their students.
New to Santiago?
To view our registration page, please click here
-Call for more information or to schedule a tour (714) 997-6366
-Office hours are Monday-Friday (please call first, summer office hours vary.)
What to bring to register your student:
Proofs of residence - must show name and address
Proof of birth: We accept either U.S. or non-U.S. birth certificates. We accept all students regardless of immigration status.
California Standards Tests (CSTs) or other standardized test results
We believe in Personalized Education for All Students
DonorsChoose for Teachers
There is a wonderful site that our teachers are participating in that allows the community to support teachers and students in various projects! Click on the DonorsChoose.org link to see what projects your student's teacher might need help funding with today!
2016-2017 School Calendars
Important Information Regarding Confidential Student Data
There is ongoing litigation between the California Department of Education and the Concerned Parent Association. A notice issued by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson states, “The lawsuit accuses CDE of widespread, systemic non-compliance by local educational agencies with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504. The CDE denies these allegations and is actively defending the litigation.”
The court has ordered CDE to release student and parent information to provide personally identifiable information (PII) – an act that can only be taken as an exception to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). As a result, we are providing notice of the court order and directions to anyone wishing to object.
Please be advised that CDE will notify parents or students of whom are required to disclose information and those individuals may object directly to the court regarding this disclosure using the PDF link below: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/form2016jan26.pdf
From the Principal
Hello and Welcome!
Santiago Charter Middle School is a tuition free public school with a private school approach. We are entering our 22nd year as Orange County’s first charter school! We have amazing programs that offer our students many opportunities that other middle schools do not offer. We were named a California Distinguished School in 2011 and continue to STRIVE to be one of the top middle schools in Orange County. In many ways, we operate like a traditional middle school and in other ways, we are very much a charter school offering students choices that traditional schools often do not offer. We have about 1000 students enrolled at Santiago from our surrounding community and feeder schools. Because we are a school of choice, we can accept students from any attendance area. Many of our students come to Santiago on Open Enrollment, No Child Left Behind applications, or from surrounding school districts.
Personalization. Santiago is proud to have caring teachers, staff, and administration that focus on personalization. We treat every single student with a caring and supportive approach. Our programs are outstanding as we focus on teaching students through project-based learning and hands-on activities. Our students enjoy classes such as Honors, Leadership, Computers, Public Speaking, Choir, Band, Guitar, Art, Drama, Woodshop, Home Economics, Films, Chinese, Spanish, French, Dance, STEM (brand new STEM lab) as well as all of the traditional 7th and 8th grade classes. We also have nearly 500 technology devices on campus for student use every day. Our students thrive with extracurricular activities, clubs, sports, and educational travel opportunities. In the past few years, our students have taken educational international tours to Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and Costa Rica. In June of 2017 our students will have the opportunity to go to Ireland, Scotland, and England on “The Castle Tour”.
We are here to serve and welcome you to visit our website, call our office, or stop by for a tour.
Jim D'Agostino, Ed.D