WELCOME TO MCLA (Gr 7-8):                       Mueller Charter Leadership Academy


In MCLA, we emphasize college as a pathway to eventual career decisions, productive citizenship, and providing every student with the foundation to one day “change the world”.

Our 7th graders visit San Diego area colleges: San Diego State, Cal State San Marcos, University of San Diego, UCSD, Southwestern and the San Diego Design Institute.

Our 8th graders visit colleges in Los Angeles during one very exciting week in the spring. They will see UCLA, USC, Cal State LA, and Long Beach, among others.

We believe the pathway to college starts NOW… and influences how a student approached their middle school experience, their peer group, their level of participation, and their preparation for high school.


7th Grade: “The Living Coast Discovery Center Partnership”

Our 7th grade features a full middle school curriculum: social studies, language arts, pre-algebra, physical education and life science.

Every week, each 7th grade student has the opportunity to spend an entire day in our satellite classroom at the Chula Vista Living Coast Discovery Center (formerly known as the Nature Center!) where they  study the natural ecosystems of the San Diego Bay.  And there, the whole coast is our classroom.  Our students not only work in the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, but they will also visit and work at the Tijuana Estuary, the USS Midway, Cabrillo Monument, and the South Bay Power Plant!

8th Grade: “A Model for Civic Engagement”

DSC_0227In 8th grade our focus is civic literacy.  We teach the humanities, algebra, and physical science using authentic, project-based strategies.  Our 8th graders are also exposed to exciting learning experiences outside the walls of the classroom, like our LA College Week.


Our Students

mclaAttending MCLA is an option.  7th graders can choose from the traditional middle schools offered by other districts, or they can apply for MCLA.

One of the key features of our program is high expectations.  We don’t select students on the basis of grades, but rather, their willingness to work hard, maintain consistent attendance, strive to be an Honor Student, and of course, be a LEADER!

Opportunities for Participation

cheer3Our middle school students have the opportunity to develop their unique talents in a variety of different ways.  There are speech contests, Open Mic opportunities, service days, and trips to the theater.  There are elective classes that offer opportunities to explore Spanish, drama, the arts, creative writing, leadership and technology. They can also represent our school in competitive sports against other middle schools.


LA College Week 2014

If you want to go to USC… you have to start TODAY!”

Dr. Santo and Ms. Robledo are already planning LA College Week 2015!!!