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 2017-2018
Education Protection Account (EPA) Spending Plan 2016-2017
Education Protection Account (EPA) Resolution 2016-2017
Education Protection Account Resolution 2015-2016
Education Protection Account (EPA) Spending Plan 2015-2016
Education Protection Account (EPA) Spending Plan 2014-2015
LCAP 2016-2019 Final Draft
LCAP 2015-2018 Final Draft
LCAP 2013-2014 Final Draft
Title III 2015-2016
Santiago's Comprehensive School Safety Plan
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
Did you know that the Orange Public Library has fun activities for teens grades 7-12? Just take a look at the upcoming events:
Calendar of Upcoming Activities
Good Books to Read for Kids
Kids and Teens
Teen Advisary Group
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 30, 2017, PLUS two late start Fridays (September 15 and March 2.)
Santiago's library is open 7am-4:30pm Mon., Tues., Thurs. Late start Wed. we will open from 8:50am-4:30pm. We are open 7am-4:00pm on Friday.
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 will begin September 5 from 3pm-3:50pm. Late busses will arrive at 3:50pm for those students attending tutorial. The library will continue to remain open until 4:30pm Monday-Thursday.
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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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Upcoming Campus Activities
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Our students are ready for soccer season, and we invite our parents to attend. For more information on game dates, please view our schedule.
PTSA Potluck Dinner/Dessert
Our next PTSA meeting will be a Potluck Dinner/Dessert night. Our meeting will begin at 6:30 on Tuesday, October 24.
El Modena HS hosts College Night
Over 100 colleges, universities and programs will be represented at this event on Monday, October 23, from 6-8pm. Please view informational flyer.
Minimum Day October 27
Santiago's students will have a minimum day on Friday, October 27. Classes will be dismissed at 12:15pm.
Dance tickets will be on sale Monday, October 24 thru Thursday, October 26 in the front office. Students are required to have their ID cards to purchase their ticket, which are $5. The dance will be Friday, October 27 from 12:15-1:45pm.
Halloween Dress Guidelines
Jeans for Perfect Attendance
Students who had perfect attendance for the month of October may wear jeans on Tuesday, October 31. Great attendance Santanas!
October is Anti-Bullying Month
October is Anti-Bullying Month and we have a challenge for students and parents.
The challenge is for every student and every parent of a Santiago student to perform a “Daily Act of Simple Kindness” each and every day and then have a conversation each evening as follows with your child:
1. What was the best part of my day…
2. What was the worst part of my day…
3. What was my daily act of kindness today… and have a dialogue between parents and students on this topic.
It would be ideal for parents to do this first to model for your children and then ask your children to answer the same 3 questions and explain their answer to you. Please do this each and every day during the month of October...we might just learn from each other. In a world with so many difficult things to accept…how about taking 5 minutes to model for our children what it means to be a kind person of strong character!!!
Thank you to all of our Santiago families who joined us for McTeacher night. We enjoyed the smiles, dinner and fun by all who attended. We would like to thank our hosts, Leslie and Scott Dunkleman, and their son, Steven, for giving us the opportunity to have our fundraiser at their McDonalds in Orange.
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. Keefe, our registrar, will be happy to provide further details at (714) 997-6366.
Santiago was one of six Orange County schools to be recognized with a Civic Learning Merit Award during the 2016-2017 School Year. This is a huge honor for the school and highlights the underlining culture and curriculum focused on civility, stewardship and community contribution. State Superintendent Tom Torlakson stated, "Civic education plays a critical role in preparing our youth to be active and informed community members, participate in our democracy, and make a difference in the world.
Parents, community members and educators, please take a moment to take our LCAP Survey. The survey takes approximately ten minutes to complete and the results will help Santiago establish programs that benefit our students.
Santanas Show Their Sewing Skills
Our home economics classes recently paraded their latest sewing project: multi-colored pillowcases! Students visited various classrooms on campus to share their latest craft..
Great Activities for Santanas!
We had a special treat for students at the All Star Breakfast. Parents were invited to eat with their student who had been nominated for the occasion. We also had a great Strive Assembly with special guest speakers from El Modena High School, games, cheer and dance presentations. Students were recognized for achieving bronze, silver and gold Strive. Thank you to all of our teachers and students who put together a wonderful assembly!
2017-2018 Registration Here
If you missed Santiago's student registration, we are continuing to enroll students for the 2017-2018 school year. Please visit our registration page to complete your student's online registration. If you need help, please visit our office or call 714-997-6366.
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!
2017-2018 School Calendar
Please click here to view Santiago's 2017-2018 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