Award Year: 2022

Carmenita Middle School

13435 166th Street
Cerritos, CA, 90703-2301

(562) 229-7775

Mr. Robert Castillo, Principal at time of Nomination

ABC Unified School District

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Mission

Carmenita Middle School is a diverse learning community where everyone works together to provide a nurturing and safe environment that fosters academic excellence, personal success, civic responsibility, and a life-long desire to learn. Our mission at Carmenita Middle School is to ensure successful progress for all.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 5%
  • Hispanic: 27%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 53%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 7%
Application
CARMENITA SCHOLARS PERFORM IN THE CLASS AND ON THE FIELD!

CARMENITA SCHOLARS PERFORM IN THE CLASS AND ON THE FIELD!

Carmenita Middle School (CMS) is an award-winning middle school that continues to serve an important role in our community. The staff is best known for building strong positive relationships with our students and community! CMS staff and support believe that all students can and will make progress academically, social-emotionally, and in other aspects of their lives. Our students get an opportunity to explore different experiences and eventually learn that their teachers will not allow them to fail. We are invested in our students, and we all believe that as a unified team, we can "Accelerate Excellence" and "ensure successful progress for all."

As stated in our mission statement, CMS students understand that their successful progress is our most important goal here at Carmenita. In addition to the support our students receive from their teachers, parents, and staff, CMS students are taught to take ownership of their own progress. Our teachers have also adopted innovative programs and support to encourage our students to make progress. A few years ago, our school staff created an innovative program only available at our middle school within ABCUSD. This program was called "FLEX" and was designed to meet student needs. The program offers a flexible schedule on select days to provide enrichment, intervention, and study hall support for students based on their assessment and benchmark results. Teachers work together to analyze their students' progress and make recommendations for the upcoming FLEX sessions.

Although our campus offers a variety of programs and clubs, we believe that we get the most of our students based on the relationships we establish with our community and by igniting the passion within our students.