Principal's Message

Welcome to South Lake Middle School! Located in the heart of Woodbridge, South Lake opened its doors in 1994 and has established a strong learning community built on collaboration, excellence, and community. As a result, South Lake has been recognized as a California Distinguished School, consistently ranking as one of the top middle schools in Orange County and the state. 
We believe every student is unique so we create opportunities for all students to find success. Our mission is for all students to become intellectual risk takers who persevere within a safe, yet rigorous learning environment to navigate college and career options with confidence, skills and diligence. 
I am incredibly proud of our dedicated faculty who engage our students and support our mission. Our staff encourage students to use a growth mindset in approaching middle school and find a balance between their academics, social commitments and emotional development. 
South Lake has benefited from a strong partnership with our PTSA. With their help, we have been able to make significant school-wide improvements including the purchasing of technology, funding of additional staff support and student activities including academic competitions, lunch time sports, and positive behavior supports. 
South Lake’s Positive Behavior Intervention System framework is South Lake Cares. The three principles of this structure are Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Each Other, Take Care of Our School. Our students are encouraged to be leaders on campus and find ways to demonstrate they care every day. 
It is my honor to continue serving this amazing community and if you are new to the area and interested in learning more about our school please contact our Administrative Office.
Go Sharks!
Belinda Averill
South Lake Middle School