Our Mission


At Sam Brannan Middle School we share a vision of excellence predicated on high standards, student achievement and quality relationships.  Our goal is to prepare students for success in the 21st century by providing a relevant, rigorous and enriched curriculum to all students.  The staff at Sam Brannan shares the responsibility of preparing students for the challenges of high school and beyond, while helping them to become productive, responsible and fulfilled members of the larger community.

As a school committed to grade level achievement for all students, Sam Brannan teachers regularly participate in staff development opportunities that will lead to exemplary  instructional practices,  resulting  in improved student achievement.  We are also committed to creating and maintaining a learning environment that is safe for students and staff, and one that promotes collaboration and support.

Message from Principal Zarate


Welcome to Sam Brannan Middle School! I am proud and passionate about the students and community we serve and the educational experiences we provide. I look forward to this school year and hope this website provides you with relevant, timely, and helpful information about our many exciting programs and events.

Why Choose Sam Brannan Middle School?


Sam Brannan has a long tradition of high academic success, positive campus culture, and tenured staff willing to support students in all capacities. Through problem-based learning and Socratic Seminars, students learn the value of initiative that supports their efforts to improve their education and serve as leaders of our community. 

The new school administration is making every effort to increase student enrollment to offer competitive athletic programs, engaging electives, and return the school spirit that separates Sam Brannan from other middle schools.  

School Reports



The School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) is a document that represents a school’s cycle of continuous improvement of student performance. The annual process of developing, reviewing, and updating the SPSA includes a comprehensive review of data and the development of actions necessary to achieve school goals. The plan also addresses funding and proposed expenditures related to state and federal categorical programs and the overall goals of our District’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).