Principal's Message

Welcome to Lakeside Middle School, proud home of the Mariners. Lakeside is a comprehensive middle school located in the heart of Irvine and Orange County serving students in grades 7-8. Since our opening in 1979 the Lakeside Mariner community has been committed to providing students with the opportunities and experiences to help them realize their full potential in a safe and supportive environment. Working toward our goals has helped us achieve recognition as a California Distinguished School in addition to consistently ranking as one of the top middle schools in the county as well as the state.

Our mission is to work collaboratively with all education stakeholders to create a genuine and challenging learning environment for all students. We combine exploration, creativity, dedication and teamwork in our classrooms and encourage students to challenge themselves and apply their knowledge to solve new problems. We pursue academic achievement through a robust core curriculum along with interesting elective courses and exciting extra-curricular programs so we can pursue our passions and create new ones. We strive to develop data analysis, critical thinking and effective communication skills in ways that are relevant to our local and global communities. We build our skills to analyze the problems of today and find solutions for tomorrow. As Mariners, we believe that knowledge may build the ship that sits in the harbor, but a true Mariner’s purpose is not to sit at anchor, but rather to sail.

It is part of the Mariner Code that realizing true success in life extends beyond academic growth to include character development as well. We practice a strong research-based Positive Behavior and Support (PBIS) program that teaches and rewards expected behaviors. Mariners are part of a community of lifelong, kind and respectful learners. We are charting our course to achieve with integrity by practicing and reinforcing the following ideals:

S how Kindness
A chieve Honorably
I nspire Integrity
L ive Respectfully

At Lakeside, we believe in the importance of the Mariner family and in our ability to use our knowledge and skills to make the world a better place.

We are Mariners. We know who we are. We know what we represent.
Go Mariners – Sail on!

Scott Sodorff