Our school mission is to:

Provide students with a supportive environment, which includes parents and the community, as they make the transition from elementary school to high school

Prepare students academically, personally, and socially for success in high school

Prepare students for independent and life-long learning, for setting individual goals, and for making positive choices.


We believe:

All students can learn.

Students learn best when they are engaged in challenging and appropriate learning focused on the core academic subjects of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies integrated with physical education and the fine arts.

Quality teachers are the single greatest predictor of student success.

The diversity and uniqueness of each student should be respected.

Students learn best when families value education, and teach their children to accept increasing responsibility for their own learning.

Quality education improves the quality of life for students, their families, and the community now and in the future.




I want to welcome you to the 2013-2014 school year and to our Graves Middle School website. We take great pride in our school and our students. At GMS we strive to prepare our students for high school and then college or a career track. In doing so we have a great balance of strong core classes alongside fun and exciting elective classes and programs. We offer additional sections of math and language arts classes for those students who need extra academic support. We are diligent about maintaining a safe and orderly campus where students feel secure and appreciated.

GMS is a campus where students and adults get along and love to learn together. There is a pervasive feel of love and respect for students and for the learning process at GMS. Our 7th and 8th grade teachers serve to transition students from the elementary model of one teacher to a “single subject” secondary model that will effectively prepare them for high school and beyond. We also offer a strong program for our GATE and EL students. We offer Honors/Academy classes and field trips and activities to help our students meet their personal and academic potential. We also have an outstanding special ed. program that serves the needs of all students in a fair and caring manner.

Furthermore, we have a band program that has been growing and accruing accolades during their performances at various competitions. The band students are taught to read musical notes so our musicians are truly being prepared to shine at the high school level and beyond. Furthermore, we have strong AVID and STEM programs that are preparing our students for high school and college. Our AVID program received excellent Site Certification and we use the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum in our STEM program. All 7th graders are taking a computer class this year, we have an awesome computer lab, and we have an iPad cart too!

We are also proud of our intramural sports program at GMS. We offer co-ed football and volleyball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, and co-ed track and field. Our students find that these are wonderful outlets for their athletic endeavors and for some social interaction as well. Our ASB (student body government) conducts many dances and other fun activities for our students to enjoy and to build school spirit. Our drama program allows for our kids to act on their creative side. From the moment you walk on our campus you will feel the difference at Graves Middle School. The TEAM at Graves is committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure success for every student. We invite you to come to GMS and experience the difference!







GMS Participates in Whittier Area Resource Fair
The GMS band sounded wonderful during their performance at the Whittier Area Resource Fair. The fair is put on by Think Together and South Whittier School District to bring resources and wellness to the community, while highlighting the school district.
6th Graders Visit Graves!
The 6th graders of SWSD had the opportunity to visit their new school for next year. The visit went well and we are excited to have these students next year.
Carl's Jr. Truck at GMS!
Hard work at GMS pays off with a Carl's Jr. hamburger.
Game truck and laser tag at GMS!
8th graders rewarded with time at a game truck and laser tag.
GMS Open House and 4th, 5th, 6th Grade Parent Visitation Well Attended and Received
GMS Open House and 4th, 5th, 6th grade parent visitation was awesome! We thank our staff, students, PTSA, and parents for making the night a wonderful success.
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