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.
ED School Climate Survey
Students will be participating in the ED School Climate Survey. If parents do not wish their child to participate, please call the office for the opt-out form. Here is a sample of the survey: English, Spanish.
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.
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.
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PTSA meetings will be held at 6pm in the library on the following days: 9/20, 10/25, 11/15, 1/24, 2/21, 3/28 4/25 (additional dates to be arranged)
Upcoming Campus Activities
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Wear Jeans for Perfect Attendance
Students who had perfect attendance and no tardies during the month of February may wear jeans on Tuesday, February 28.
Read Across America and a Special Guest!
Thursday and Friday, March 2 & 3, students will celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with special Read Across America activities, which will include a visit from author/actor Aaron Galvin! We will hold a special assembly on Friday, March 3 at the end of the day for this special event. Parents are invited to attend Friday's activity. Our assembly will end with an opportunity to purchase his two series and his latest book, The Grave of Lainey Grace.
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.
Open Enrollment for sixth grade students begins February 27. Interested families of 6th grade students are invited to our upcoming Parent Nights that will be held in the library and lecture hall at 6:30pm on the following dates: Monday, February 27, and Tuesday, February 28.
Mrs. Somers, our registrar, will be happy to provide further details at (714) 997-6366.
Ready for Santiago's
Texas Hold Em Tournament?
Please join us Saturday, March 4th for Santiago's Annual Texas Hold Em Tournament!
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Join Us As We Support our 8th Graders!
The Broken Yolk in Orange is hosting Santiago's 8th grade fundraiser this Saturday, February 25 from 6am-3pm. To participate, please print this flyer and bring it with you to help Santiago earn 25% from each check that day.
Get Lost in a Book with Scholastic Book Fair!
Our spring book fair theme, "Get Lost in a Book" begins Monday, February 27 and continues through Monday, March 6. The library will be open for English classroom visits throughout the week. Students may also purchase bookfair items during lunch, after school and during Open House on Thursday night. Can't make the book fair? Click on the Scholastic link above, and you can do your shopping on-line!
If you are a student who would like to be a part of our Santiago Track and Field team, and compete in the Foundation Games please see Mrs. Hurdle or Mr. Tanner for a registration packet. All registration packets and copies of birth certificates (U.S. or non-U.S. birth certificates) will be due by Wednesday March 1st.
We'd like to invite our Santiago families to join us for Santiago's Open House on Thursday, March 2 at 6pm.
Santiago Charter Middle School's Cupcake Wars is taking place February 21-March 3. This competition is between seventh and eighth graders to determine who will have the lowest percentage of missing assignments. The winning grade wins a party with a DJ, cupcakes, prizes and more!
Creativity abounded throughout the campus as students showed their talent in Mr. Smithen's art classes and students in Mrs. Huber's home ec classes sewed pretty pillow cases. Valentine fun was to be found at the dance and on campus as students celebrated with candy, cards and smiles. We played volleyball and flag football this month-some wins, and some losses, but with lots of spirit (thank you Coach Chiang, and Coach Smithen!) Thank you Ms. Grishaber and Ms. Zerengue for all the after school practices with our cheer teams. Eighth graders took a walk to El Modena High School to view the various campus activities that await them in the fall, and are currently studying the life for Frederick Douglass in their history classes. We congratulate Mrs. Keller's classes as many of her students reached their reclassification goals. We also want to say how much we appreciate having Ms. Patel as our school counselor-she is always available to spend time with our wonderful students.
Santiago Parents, Students, Community Members and Staff,
Your participation in the following survey is requested to help us determine how effective Santiago is in achieving its Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) goals. This survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete. All information you provide is anonymous and individual responses will be kept confidential. It will only be viewed by authorized staff for use in the evaluation of the school's progress in achieving our LCAP goals. We hope you will answer every question honestly.
Santiago Charter Middle School
Estimados padres de la escuela Santiago, miembros de la comunidad, y personal de la escuela,
Una de las leyes que el estado de California requiere de las escuelas del grado K-12, es que las escuelas faciliten una encuesta conocida como Control Local y Plan (LCAP.) Esta encuesta ayuda a determinar si los objetivos y programas educativos que se ofrecen reflejan las necesidades de la comunidad. Su participación es muy importante para la escuela Secundaria Santiago, ya que la información nos ayuda para informar al estado y a la misma vez nos ayuda a saber su opinión sobre los programas educativos que ofrecemos a nuestros estudiantes. La encuesta es de solamente 5-10 minutos y su participación es significante. Recuerde que su participación es anónima y la información que usted provee es significante para nosotros.
Gracias por su tiempo y consideración,
Santiago Charter Middle School
Parent & Community Survey (Spanish)
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.
2016-2017 Registration PacketRegistration Information
Registración Oprima Aqui
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
Please click here to view Santiago's 2016-2017 calendar.
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