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Principal's Message

Welcome to Rancho Pico!  
I am honored to be Rancho Pico’s principal and excited about the 2023-2024 school year! At Rancho Pico Jr. High School, we believe in providing a nurturing, caring, and inclusive environment where every student can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. Our dedicated faculty and staff are committed to fostering a love for learning and guiding our students through their crucial years of adolescence.
We are proud of our diverse student body and celebrate each individual's unique strengths and talents in our school community. We strive to create a safe, respectful atmosphere promoting collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. By fostering these skills, we empower our students to become responsible global citizens and lifelong learners, “Thinking Ahead” and preparing to be Opportunity Ready for high school and beyond.
Rancho Pico’s staff embraces the middle school philosophy and focuses on teaching the whole child. We address our students' cognitive, social, emotional, intellectual, and physical aspects. Our teams allow students to have a sense of belonging and to feel a part of something smaller while still having access to our comprehensive campus.
Rancho Pico’s expectations are high for student behavior and academic success. We value mutual respect, hard work, kindness, equity, and teamwork. We cultivate a positive relationship-driven school culture through interdisciplinary teaming, Capturing Kids Hearts curriculum, and PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports). We empower students to have the courage to do the right thing.
Communication and collaboration between school and home are crucial to the success of our students. We encourage parents and guardians to actively engage in their child's education by attending school events, parent forums and joining our parent-teacher association, PAC. We can provide the support and guidance necessary for our student's growth and achievement.
Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to partnering with you to provide the best possible educational experience for your child. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. Together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of our students.
Warm regards,
Catherine Nicholas, Ed.D.
Students working collaboratively in the Rancho Pico Junior High School Library

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to educate and support all students with high expectations academically, socially, and emotionally.


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Yearbook Tributes

Add a Yearbook tribute for your 8th grade student in this year’s book. This is your chance to put a special message for your child. As space is limited, you may only purchase one tribute per student/group.They are $25.

Click the link here or posted on the school website and select Create a Personal Ad. There are only 96 spots available and are on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to get yours in by the November 16th deadline! Thank you!
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Transportation Disruption

Santa Clarita Transit services, which provides transportation for many of our students, will be disrupted due to a bus driver strike.

We strongly encourage all Hart District families, who utilize Santa Clarita Transit services, to make alternative transportation plans to get students to school and home again.

Please read the full story for more information and to view alternative routes.
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Valet Line Information

Please click the link to read information about Rancho Pico's valet line in preparation for the new school year.
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CrisisGo Tutorial

Click the title to watch a video about how to do CrisisGo before coming to school
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At A Glance

  • 5-time Distinguished School Recognition
  • Award-Winning Music Program
  • CTE Exploratory Program
  • Interdisciplinary Teaming