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 forSantiago'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.
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.
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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PTSA meetings will be held at 6pm in the library on the following days: 9/20, 10/25, 11/15, 2/21, 3/28 4/25 (additional dates to be arranged)
Upcoming Campus Activities
Gift Card Donations
Beginning Tuesday, December 6, we will begin accepting gift card donations in front of the office, before school. Students who participate will have free dress on the 12th for $10 gift card donations.
Our students have been practicing for Santiago's annual Holiday Concert. We are looking forward to sharing the holiday spirit at this event on Thursday, December 8 beginning at 7pm in our cafeteria.
Get ready for our Holiday Dance, coming up December 9 from 3-4:30pm! Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, December 6 in the front office. Students may wear a Hawaiian shirt and jeans with the purchase of a dance ticket. Jeans may NOT be worn unless the student is wearing a Hawaiian shirt. For students not choosing this option, A SCHOOL UNIFORM IS MANDATORY. Permission slips: English, Spanish
Campus Beautification Saturday
We have an opportunity to clean our campus on Saturday, December 10 between 8am-12pm. We are very appreciative of our Santiago families who have helped us keep our campus beautiful. No need to call. We will be open at 8am, ready for helping hands.
Wear Jeans for Perfect Attendance
Students who had perfect attendance and had no tardies will be allowed to wear jeans on Friday, December 16.
Wear a Santa Hat Day
Let's celebrate the holidays and wear Santa hats on Friday, December 16th!
Minimum Day: Friday, December 16
Our students will be dismissed from classes on Friday, December 16 at 12:15pm.
Santiago's Campus will be closed for Winter Break beginning December 19. School will resume January 6, 2017.
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.
The 7 Cs: The Essential Building Blocks of Resilience
Young people live up or down to expectations we set for them. They need adults who believe in them unconditionally and hold them to the high expectations of being compassionate, generous and creative.
Competence: When we notice what young people are doing right and give them opportunities to develop important skills, they feel competent. We undermine competence when we don't allow young people to recover themselves after a fall.
Confidence: Young people need confidence to be able to navigate the world, think outside the box, and recover from challenges.
Connection: Connections with other people, schools, and communities offer young people the security that allows them to stand on their own and develop creative solutions.
Character: Young people need a clear sense of right and wrong and a commitment to integrity.
Contribution: Young people who contribute to the well-being of others will receive gratitude rather than condemnation. They will learn that contributing feels good and may therefore more easily turn to others, and do so without shame.
Coping: Young people who possess a variety of healthy coping strategies will be less likely to turn to dangerous quick fixes when stressed.
Control: Young people who understand priveleges and respect are earned through demonstrated responsibility will learn to make wise choices and feel a sense of control.
SCMS Anti-Bullying Campaign
Last week we held our Anti-Bullying Campaign to help 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.
Las 7 C's Bloques Indispensables de Resistencia
Los jóvenes viven arriba o abajo de las expectativas que establecemos para ellos. Necesitan adultos que crean en ellos incondicionalmente y los mantienen a las altas expectativas de ser compasivos, generosos y creativos.
Competencia: Cuando nos damos cuenta de lo que los jóvenes están haciendo y les brindamos oportunidades para desarrollar habilidades importantes, se sienten competentes. Socavamos la competencia cuando no permitimos que los jóvenes se recuperen después de una caída.
Confianza: La gente de Yong necesita confianza para poder navegar por el mundo, pensar fuera de la caja y recuperarse de los desafíos.
Conexión: Las conexiones con otras personas, escuelas y comunidades ofrecen a los jóvenes la seguridad que les permite estar solos y desarrollar soluciones creativas.
Carácter: Los jóvenes necesitan un sentido claro de lo correcto y lo incorrecto y el compromiso con la integridad.
Contribución: Los jóvenes que contribuyen al bienestar de los demás recibirán gratitud más que condena. Ellos aprenderán que contribuir se siente bien y puede, por lo tanto más fácilmente a su vez a los demás, y hacerlo sin vergüenza.
Afrontamiento: Los jóvenes que poseen una variedad de estrategias saludables de afrontamiento tendrán menos probabilidades de recurrir a soluciones rápidas peligrosas cuando estén estresadas.
Control: Los jóvenes que entienden los privilegios y el respeto se ganan a través de responsabilidad demostrada aprenderán a tomar decisiones sabias y sentir un sentido de control.
STEM Lab Reaches for the Sky with Flight Technology
Mr. Smithen had an opportunity to test Santiago's new Phantom 3 Pro Drone as students visited Handy Park's Field of Valor in Orange. Students in Mr. Smithen's STEM classes are building rockets and learning the skills necessary to fly the drone at a future activity.
Community Card Fundraiser
Academic Pentathlon and Science Olympiad students are doing a fundraiser to help pay for registration and materials. Any extra money raised will be used towards our Knott's Berry Farm trip at the end of the year. We can obtain these for any city by special order at no extra cost. Please view our flyer for further information
Mr. Morrison, parent of Ethan Morrison and owner of a 9 mm automated scope and a 10' telescope worked with our science teacher, Mrs. Meier and 33 students with their families to view Venus, Mars, the International Space Station Pass and the Andromeda Galaxy. What a wonderful experience for our Santanas!
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.
Did you know that Santiago Charter Middle School is a school of choice? We accept students from all attendance areas. Mrs. Somers, our registrar, will be happy to provide further details at (714) 997-6366.
2016-2017 Registration PacketRegistration Information
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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