The Santiago Experience


"A Public School with A Private School Approach"

Schools to Watch
2019 Schools to Watch
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
2019 Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Civic Learning Merit Award
2019 P21 21st Century Learning Exemplar
CA Distinguished School Award



Santiago Calendar

Pictured L-R: Nikiel Meeks, Jack Fletchall, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, Lauren Spitzer, and Karissa Frerichs

Principal D'Agostino, Co-Principal Pedroza, and parents of our Santiago students flew to Sacramento for Charter School Advocacy Day. While visiting at the California Department of Education, our Santanas were allowed to sit in on State Superintendent Tony Thurmond's press conference. 

Later in the day they visited Assemblyman Choi's office, our District 68 Assemblyman. While there, students were welcomed and listened to as they spoke of their experiences at Santiago Charter Middle School.

We couldn’t be more proud and honored to be a charter school led by our governing board and to serve the students of our community.

A video snapshot of Santiago

During a visit to our nation’s Capitol, Santiago Charter Middle School was recognized as one of only two middle schools in the United States of America to receive the P21, 21st Century Exemplar School Recognition. The programs that we were recognized for include digital student led conferences, LOL (lunch on the lawn), anti-bullying program, 1 to 1 Chromebook devices for all students and a culture of inclusivity and opportunity for all. All of these programs were thought of and driven by teachers. A special thank you to our students for all their hard work, all of our teachers, our charter board, and Orange Unified School District for all of the ongoing support that we receive every day.


Santiago Charter Middle School would like to thank OUSD Superintendent Dr. Gunn Marie Hansen, Kris Erickson - Orange Unified School Board Trustee, OUSD Trustee Andrea Ling Yamasaki, City of Orange Mayor Mark Murphy, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, and Presiding Justice Kathleen O’Leary for coming to our school and presenting us with the Civic Learning School of Distinction Recognition! We are one of only two middle schools in the State of California to receive this award in 2019!

Congratulations to our top Santiago athletes!

Welcome to the 2018-2019 Special Olympics!

Textbooks are due this week

Chromebooks for sale 2019


Concerts May 29 and 30 at 7pm

Please allow extra time...

Construction will take place on Rancho Santiago Blvd. between Chapman and Walnut. Please allow extra time to drop off students to our campus. This activity will continue until the end of the school year.

Campus closed Memorial Day


Minimum Day Friday, May 31

Students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm on Friday, May 31.

8th Grade Dress Code for Promotion

8th Grade Promotion Dress Code Spanish

8th grade promotion time change

Due to Fred Kelly Stadium being closed for renovations this year, OUSD high schools will be promoting at Angel Stadium.

Santiago will be holding 8th grade promotion at 10:00 am rather than 11:00 am on Thursday, June 13th to facilitate parents who will be attending both events.

Award Winning Video

We are very proud of our Santanas Rachel Harris, Reagan Jenkins and Trevor Kelly for their video that spotlights Santiago's electives. Their project won second place in the OUSD Media Festival. 

OC Math Competition

County Girls Math Competition

Santiago ladies competed in the County Girls Math Competition in South County and are bringing home a first and second place in 8th Grade and First Place Team Overall! Another pretty incredible accomplishment for Santanas! Thank you Ms. Abouabdo and Mrs. Le Bautista for leading the ladies.

Open Enrollment

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Open Enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year has begun! Open Enrollment is for students who would like to attend a school other than their home school, based upon their area of residence. Click on our Open Enrollment link below to enroll your student at Santiago Charter Middle School.

Open Enrollment

Invite to tour school


Tours of campus Spanish


After school tutoring from Monday through Thursday 3 pm to 4pm. Image by padrinan on PixabayPencil Image by padrinan on Pixabay

August 8, 9, 12 fall 2019 registration


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We are looking for parents to help us with various student activities throughout the year. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up on our Google sheet. Thank you.


Summer Cheer Camp June 2019

Students interested in Cheer & Spirit Summer Camp may download the PDF here.