Award Year: 2018

Carmel Valley Middle School

3800 Mykonos Lane
San Diego, CA, 92130-3572

(858) 481-8221

Mrs. Cara Dolnik, Principal at time of Nomination

Mrs. Vicki Kim, Current Principal

San Dieguito Union High

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To educate our students in a safe and challenging learning environment to become life-long learners who will be resourceful, responsible, and compassionate community members.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 45%
  • Hispanic: 11%
  • Asian: 35%
  • Two or more races: 8%
  • ELL: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 4%
Annual Spirit Week Bobcat 500 race around campus

Annual Spirit Week Bobcat 500 race around campus

Carmel Valley Middle School has a diverse population of learners within the north San Diego city community. Families move to the area from all across the world to work in the local technology and biotechnology industries creating a multi-cultural community. The school currently serves about 1150 seventh and eighth grade students with a focus on making middle school a supportive and enjoyable transition while encouraging high academic achievement.

The primary goal of Carmel Valley Middle School is to design and implement a school program that ensures each student's success in a standards-based core curriculum. All of the services provided are coordinated for students through an inclusive process of collaborative planning and program design. Classroom teachers and support staff work together to differentiate and integrate learning, intervention, and enrichment activities in order to address varied student-learning needs. Over 30 student-led clubs and activities help students feel connected on campus.

Outstanding teachers and an involved and supportive parent community create a learning environment that is safe and respectful, offering each student a variety of opportunities to succeed. Collaboration between staff and the parent community has been an integral part of the success of the school and student learning. CVMS offers a variety of opportunities in STEM learning along with a robust art, drama, and music program meeting the diverse needs of all students both in and out of the classroom. The unique population of CVMS is served through a collaborative process from the entire school community contributing to its many years of excellence in education.