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El Camino Picture
Picture of El Camino jR. hIGH

El Camino Jr. High was the first junior high school here in Santa Maria .  It is the home of the Titans.

Historical El Camino Picture

This is a picture of El Camino in the early days. The school looks so different.  Many changes have been made to our campus.



Betty Romero - Principal 

Kenny Durbin - Asst. Principal- 8th

Andy Symons - Dean 7th



 Irene Palacios - 8th  ext. 7821

Vickie Buelow - 7th  ext. 7812


Francesce Sanchez  ext. 7848

Jose Mejia  YSS ext. 7860





About Us




Number of Students:  700+

Grade Level:  7 and 8

Year Established:  1931

School Colors:  Blue and White

School Mascot:  The Titans

Sports: Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Cheerleading

School Activities: Band, Titan Broadcasting (TV), MESA, Builders Club, Yearbook, Lego League, Ballet Folklorico, ASTRA, Mr. Zavala's TEC Club, Band, Outdoors Club, Chess Club, Medical Careers Club, and more!



El Camino has been an important name in the city of  Santa Maria since the year it was built in 1931.  We have triumphed over fire and changes in the community to instill a tradition of Academic Excellence in our students.  Many in Santa Maria are proud to be El Camino Alumni and many return to serve the school community as educators, counselors and administrators. 

Our teachers and staff consistently emphasize the importance of education to our students, offering numerous programs to support student success, such as: After School Education and Safety (ASES) in which student receive homework assistance, tutoring and skills they need; Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) which is a program dedicated to helping students become the first in their family to graduate from college; in addition, students are connected to our school community through clubs and sports such as, soccer,  MESA, yearbook, basketball, volleyball, Ballet Folklorico, homework club.   After completing a one-year Einstein Fellowship in Washington D.C., influencing educational policy, our science teacher, Luke Laurie, was chosen as the 2008/09 teacher of the year for  Santa Barbara County.

In 1996, El Camino was named a California Distinguished School and placed in the top five percent of the 1,600 junior highs and high schools in the state. We continue to be one of the best schools in the state as evidenced by our continual 9 or 10 rating on a 1-10 scale for comparable schools throughout California. 

Important to our school's success is an effective partnership between parents, the community, and the school. Our parents pioneered the first uniform policy for a public junior high/middle school in the tri-county area.  This is our twelfth year as a mandatory uniform school, which has improved our school climate, creating a more positive atmosphere with a strong focus on high standards and school pride. With all of us working together, El Camino will continue to be an outstanding school, and surpass even our highest hopes and expectations. Our students are very important to us, and all of the El Camino Community will do whatever we can to help our students to be successful this year, and throughout their lives.  In the words of one of our treasured administrative alumni,  "Education is the pathway to success."


Betty Romero, Principal


We, the students, parents, staff and community of El Camino Junior High School, take pride in belonging to a school where academic excellence is attained throught:

  • The development of independent life-long learners
  • Motivated and involved parents, staff students and community
  • The unique contributions of our culturally diverse community
  • Effective communication among all the members of the school community
  • A high-tech, well equipped school
  • A safe environment where students demonstrate respect for themselves and others
  • A program which offers equal access to a variety of curricular and extra-curricular choices for all students
  • A supportive environment where staff are caring and sensitive to student needs
  • The most effective use of all resources