Award Year: 2018

Joaquin Miller Middle School

6151 Rainbow Drive
San Jose, CA, 95129-4043

(408) 252-3755

Ms. Amy Steele, Principal at time of Nomination

Cupertino Union School District

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To provide a child-centered environment that cultivates character, fosters academic excellence, and embraces diversity.  District families, communities, and staff join as partners to develop creative, exemplary learners with the skills and enthusiasm to contribute to a constantly changing global society. 

Student Demographics
  • White: 8%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 88%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 12%
Student leaders welcome incoming students to orientation

Student leaders welcome incoming students to orientation

Located in the heart of the Silicon Valley in the city of San Jose, Joaquin Miller Middle School is a comprehensive middle school for 6-8th grade students. In addition to the traditional neighborhood school, Miller is also home to the Cupertino Language Immersion Program, the middle school extension of a K-8 Mandarin Immersion program.

Miller Middle School opened its campus in 1959 and currently has approximately 1200 students in attendance. Miller has a long-standing commitment to provide a rigorous educational experience including elective and enrichment opportunities. Each year, our teachers and staff ask the students to join us in our school vision of Pursuing Excellence in a Caring Environment. Staff and students embrace The Mustang Way....Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Caring as community expectations.

All students are offered a rigorous standards-based curriculum, a wealth of elective opportunities and an extensive after school sports program. The instructional program incorporates intellectually challenging and developmentally appropriate programs with embedded enrichment and intervention based on student need.