San Elijo Middle School

I am Responsible for Myself

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The DeBora Family

Welcome to San Elijo Middle School!


On behalf of the entire San Elijo Middle School community, we thank you for your interest in our school.  


We have a shared vision that academic ability must be combined with character and integrity to nurture and grow the whole child.  Our hard working and dedicated staff is committed to helping students bridge childhood with early adulthood.  As each month passes, students grow more independent.  Friends may take on an increasing importance in their lives.  However, a positive adult role model is still the most vital part of development during this time of maturity.


Our highly qualified teachers are committed  to guiding our eager learners towards collaborative discovery.  Our dynamic support staff is primed to assist with how to better the school experience for all, and our administrative team is here to ensure all students are safe and free from outside distractions as they experience the advanced culture of teaching and learning.


We incorporate our mission into all facets of life on campus:  Complexity, Collaboration, and Character.  

  1. Complexity (the instructional component)- Complex thinking is at the heart of what we want for every child.  Complexity starts with inquiry, discovery, metacognition, numeracy, and literacy, and deepens understanding and problem solving that is needed to be successful in life.

  2. Collaboration (the interpersonal component)-  Collaboration is about relationships. We collaborate at dinner, in class, in the workplace, and it is how we function in society.  Working together to solve problems, discover new ideas, and build positive relationships through inquisitive interactions also encompasses a skill set that includes how students gain access to and exit from those collaborative conversations.

  3. Character (the glue)- Character is how we take care of each other.  Doing the correct thing when nobody's watching, doing the right thing instead of the easy thing, and treating people with respect and empathy are fundamentals.  We have multiple programs and interventions to help with the social and emotional growth and development that students experience during these formative years, and we provide a connection to school for students who may need a hook other than the academics to give them a sense of belonging.


Our designations of a California Distinguished School as well as a Blue Ribbon School are just two examples of our focus on providing an all-encompassing educational experience during the exciting time of discovery known as the middle school years.  


At SEMS, we take great pride in the noble work we perform as educators and are excited to be partners within our community of learners.


Thank you for being a collaborative partner in this journey,


Gary R. DeBora

Principal