Rancho Pico Junior High

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Principal's Message

Welcome to Rancho Pico!

I am excited and honored to be Rancho Pico’s principal for the 2020-2021 school year. I worked at multiple school sites in the William S. Hart School District as a science teacher, an assistant principal, and a principal prior to coming to Rancho Pico as the new principal. In fact, I served as an assistant principal at Rancho Pico for over six years prior to moving onto other positions in the district. I am grateful to be back and look forward to working with the Rancho Pico students, staff and community once again.
Rancho Pico’s staff embraces the tenets of the middle school philosophy and focuses on teaching the whole child. We address the cognitive, social, emotional, intellectual and physical aspects of our students. This is done through our interdisciplinary teams and advisories. Our teams allow students to have a sense of belonging and to feel a part of something smaller, while still having access to all of the resources on our comprehensive campus.
Rancho Pico’s expectations are high for student behavior and academic success. We value mutual respect, hard work, kindness, equity and team work.
Although we are starting our year online, we are here for you. We are excited to partner with families and students and can’t wait to have you back on campus. Stay safe.


Dr. Catherine Nicholas