Rancho Pico Junior High

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Principal's Message

Welcome to Rancho Pico!  
 
I am honored to be Rancho Pico’s principal, and I am so excited to have students back on campus this year!. I am grateful to serve Rancho Pico as principal after being a science teacher, assistant principal, and principal at other schools in the district. I served as an assistant principal at Rancho Pico for over six years before moving onto different positions in the district. I enjoy 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 five 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 teamwork. 
 
Our theme this year is to “Dream Big.” We want our students to have the ability to have a variety of opportunities that may spark an interest that they may wish to pursue further through our core curricular, exploratories, clubs, and after-school enrichment opportunities.  
 
I am looking forward to a great year of partnering with families and students. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Dr. Catherine Nicholas