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Principal's Message

Principal’s Message - Start of School Year (2020-2021)

Welcome to Columbus Middle School (CCMS), home of the Explorers!

We are a diverse school community with dedicated teachers and staff that provide a nurturing learning environment to support all students achieve excellence by exploring their world as creative and critical thinkers. As a Verizon Innovative Learning school, we provide 1:1 iPad technology for every student to engage in a challenging curriculum and project-based learning that is infused with instructional technology. We offer several programs including the Medical, Math and Science Magnet, a School for Advanced Study (SAS) program, a Conservatory of Music Academy and next year we will be enrolling new students to our recently LAUSD School Board approved Media Arts and Communication Magnet. In the coming months, construction will begin to build our grant awarded Verizon 5G Lab which will provide our students and teachers with the ability to use the most advanced 21st Century technologies to create, learn, and innovate.

The 2020-2021 school year will look very different for all of us. However, I truly believe this will not stop us from engaging and achieving together. Our dedicated teachers and staff are committed to providing an inclusive and supportive online learning environment for this first semester. My desire is that each student becomes an advocate for their own learning and impactful leaders within their local and global communities.

It is my belief that student success is attributed to the relationships we build within our school community. I welcome your input and collaboration as we venture into the new school year. Please feel free to contact me to share any ideas or discuss your concerns. I look forward to working with you to ensure that every student at CCMS achieves their individual goals, builds strong relationships, and has a successful school year!


Lisa Hamilton, Principal

“Home of the Explorers”

“Work Hard, Be Kind and Have Fun”