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 AccountEducation Protection Account (EPA) Resolution 2016-2017
Education Protection Account Resolution 2015-2016
Education Protection Account (EPA) Spending Plan 2014-2015
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. Please click here for more information or for 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
Santiago has after school tutoring in the library.
For school Uniforms ContactJ & M Promotions
Santiago's yearbook may be purchased through the front office.
Be sure to stay informed with OUSD's latest high school facility planning at:
Web page maintained by
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)
2016-2017 Registration Dates
7th Grade Students:
August 15-16, 8am-1pm
8th Grade Students:
August 17-18, 8am-1pm
2016-2017 Registration PacketRegistration Information
Registración Oprima Aqui
First Day of School
7th Grade Students:
August 23 7:50 am-2:50pm
8th Grade Students:
August 24 7:50am-2:50pm
(7th grade students will also attend)
Santiago Welcomes Co-Principal Ashley Pedroza
I am humbled and honored to be appointed to the position of Co-Principal at Santiago Charter Middle School. I have been an employee of OUSD for more than nine years and throughout my time in education, I have grown and developed skills that make me confident in saying, I will work everyday to provide what is best for the students of Santiago and will work with the amazing Santiago team to provide opportunities for students, help develop 21st Century skills in students, and prepare students for life after Santiago.
I started my career in education at El Modena High School as a science teacher and was immediately impressed by the students in my freshman classes. These students were impressive in pose and skill and were a result of a great middle school: the feeder middle school, Santiago. During my time at El Modena I was able to continually reap the benefits of having Santiago students who received instruction of the highest academic rigor and educational experiences applicable to real life.
After El Modena, I worked as the Assessment Coordinator for Orange Unified School District and most recently, Principal at Serrano Elementary. I feel so fortunate to be provided this opportunity and I am looking forward to working with the students, staff and community of Santiago to continually provide the private-school approach to the public school.
From the first day our seventh graders participate in Discover Santiago, our students have many wonderful opportunities to make new friends in new classes on campus. We have many fond memories of our STRIVE Assemblies, lunch activities, and campus clubs. Who can forget those English, history, science or elective projects? We had a wonderful year celebrating the achievements of our students as they participated in various competitions, musical theater and concerts.
We would like to extend our congratulations to our promoting eighth class of 2016 and want to thank all of our families who helped make 2015-2016 a memorable year. We hope everyone has a safe and fun summer. Santiago staff looks forward to seeing our returning Santiago families and meeting our new Santanas in the fall.
Summer Office Hours
Santiago's office hours are from 8:00am and 2:00pm, Monday-Friday.
Students Go Digital for Student Led Conferences
Santiago Charter Middle School was spotlighted in a press release from the California Charter School Association. The article discussed how our students had a wonderful opportunity to review what they learned during the year, and how they presented their work digitally to their families during their Digital Student Led Conference. To see the full article, please visit California Charter School Association.
8th Grade Party Memories
Dear Santiago 8th Graders and Families: The PTSA Promotion Party Committee has set-up a website with photos from the June 10, 2016 party. Check it out and enjoy! Click here to view the site.
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.
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
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!
2015-2016 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