Bell Schedule Attendance Behavior Expectations Bullying Common Core Discipline Plan Dress Code Ethics Policy Food & Nutrition Services Office Hours Principal's Message
Electives English/Language Arts History/Social Science Mathematics Physical Education Science
Guidance Staff Informational Websites 9th Grade Summer School AVID Elective Forms & Applications
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Vista del Mar PTA Mako Foundation Yearbook Sale Sick Line Phone Number Student Surveys
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Benham, Michelle

Principal's Message

Welcome to Vista del Mar Middle School’s website. As principal, I am delighted to welcome all students and parents to our school.  We understand and recognize that the middle school child is unique. While they are transitioning intellectually, physically, psychologically and socially, we are committed to meeting their individual needs and challenging them utilizing structured, collaborative and innovative practices. Our school is a beautiful modern facility located in the heart of Talega, a San Clemente community.  Vista del Mar’s curriculum embraces an inquiry-based instructional program promoting critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity and action-taking. Students will become life-long, self-assessing learners demonstrating measurable growth in academic performance and social responsibility.


We are fortunate to have a strong community at Vista del Mar School as many of our students have attended since Kindergarten. There are numerous ways for students and parents to stay connected and encourage parental involvement in our PTA and Mako Educational Foundation. Both generously support our learning environment by providing funding for technology and extra-curricular activities.

Our committed and caring staff  work together to maintain high standards of academic achievement, community involvement through Mako Pride and support for all students.  We provide a rigorous, student-centered, hands-on instruction enhanced by technology in every classroom.  


I am confident that your child will enjoy his or her three years at VdMMS. Middle school is a very special time and our students will take with them friends and fond memories as they transition to high school and beyond.




Michelle Wrenn Benham

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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