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                                                2002 & 2005 Distinguished School


On behalf of Dutcher Middle School, thank you for visiting our website. As you will quickly discover, DMS is one of the districts finest schools. We are fortunate to have a community that values education and supports our efforts and our studentsí efforts to achieve greatness.

Dutcher Middle School was recognized as a 2005 California Distinguished School in May, 2005. Dutcher Middle School is on a traditional calendar with an enrollment of approximately 675 students. Dutcher Middle School is one of two middle/junior high schools in the Turlock Unified School District. Acceptance into our school is determined by a lottery draw. Parents submit applications for acceptance into the school. Once accepted, students remain with us until they reach the end of their 8th grade year. Students who are not selected for the program are placed on waiting lists. We have four significant student populations according to the CBEDS: White, Hispanic, English Learners, and low socio-economic. We have thirteen language groups represented in the school's student population.


Dutcher Middle School has a reputation in the community as having a very strong educational program, a quality teaching staff, and an active parent population. The teachers are actively engaged in curriculum development through collaborative planning in their grade levels, as well as, in their subject matter areas to ensure that all students are presented with a rich, multi-faceted educational experience. Dutcher is proud to offer a Two Way Immersion Program for parents interested in having their children pursue the goals of bilingualism and bi-literacy along with mastering rigorous academic standards and developing positive cross-cultural attitudes. The achievement rate of Dutcher students is the highest in the district for secondary schools.

Although our school is not a typical neighborhood school where kids walk to school each day, it is a dynamic, close-knit school comprised of kids, parents, and staff. Our families are dedicated and committed to the success of our students. Our Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is very active and highly supportive to the culture of Dutcher Middle School. Our PTSA supports our school by purchasing books for the library, funding fieldtrips and dances, and providing funds for clubs.

Dutcher Middle school is a highly successful school due to the collaborative efforts of our stakeholders: students, parents, and staff. Each segment of our school community displays the vision of our school and holds steadfast to the premise that all Dutcher students can and do learn. Dutcher Middle School is a mark of excellence.

For those of you who had students attend Dutcher during the 2009-2010 school year, you may have heard about a change in our school mascot. In May of 2010, the students of Dutcher voted on a new mascot. Diamondbacks was the unanimous winner. Our school colors will remain purple, teal, and black.



For questions please contact us at:

1441 Colorado Avenue
Turlock, California 95380
Ph (209) 667-8817

Scott Lucas - Principal
Laura Torres-Rogers - Assistant Principal

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