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Message from the Principal

Marco Forster Middle School is a learning community dedicated to instilling academic and character excellence in our students by utilizing every possible resource in keeping with California Common Core State Standards and our school values. We are proud to be a California Distinguished School and a recipient of multiple California Business for Education Excellence Awards. Marco Forster serves over 1350 students in Grades 6, 7, and 8 from San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and Capistrano Beach. Our school addresses the needs of the whole child, regardless of primary language or learning ability, celebrating our cultural and individual diversity in an environment of inclusion.


Our committed and enthusiastic staff works together to maintain high standards of academic achievement and behavior in a safe, affirmative and collaborative environment. Standards-based instruction ensures students equal access to the curriculum evidenced by test scores which are consistently above the state and national averages. Marco Forster is an educational institution that sees its responsibility as reaching far beyond the classroom door. The strong support of parents, businesses, and community partnerships keeps students connected with the community in a positive way.


Preparing students for the rigors of the 21st century is our focus. In addition to five computer labs, all core academic classes are equipped with a class set of Chromebooks allowing teachers to easily incorporate technology into their curriculum. Marco also prides itself on the robust elective offerings available to students including musical theater, orchestra, band, ceramics, art, robotics, forensic science to name a few. Additionally, our school houses one of the middle school dual immersion programs for students striving to become bi-literate during their school career. Intermural sports teams, including chess, flag football, and soccer as well as after school groups such as the Students Run LA marathon team and Ping Pong Club enhance our students' academic day.


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