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Join the Hive!

Here in a the historic center of Santa Cruz, we have created a learning community built on college prep, career training, self-discovery and leadership. As a public school, enrolling at Branciforte Middle gives students access to more.


Branciforte provides a
Warm Welcome to Middle School & a bridge to Success in High School.

It's a big transition. We make it easy to succeed with a newly expansive team of Counselors & Mental Health Experts, and a social/emotional learning curriculum that fosters Tolerant, Empowering Environments.


This support, along with connection opportunities in 15+ clubs, varied Athletic Teams, Performing Arts, our Arts Academy Activities & more, we ensure all students are met with open doors & Encouragement.


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Rigorous Academics

At Branciforte Middle, we believe potential should be met with opportunity. Our College Prep academics include:



Mathematics at Grade-level & Accelerated Pathway   Science Curriculum developed in cooperation with the UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science  /  English Language Arts built to develop college-prep writing & literary analysis  /  Social Studies tied with National Geographic & built to bridge to High School  /  World Language track putting students on the path to our seal of biliteracy  /  Tech Literacy on a foundation of data analysis and computer science.


Branciforte has more Athletics

We know that sports drive development, self-confidence and cooperation. Our students can apply themselves in one of our many thriving teams:


Cross Country  /  Girls' Basketball  /  Boys Soccer  /  Cheer Team  /  ​Boys' Basketball  /  Girls' Soccer  /  Girls' Volleyball  / 

Wrestling  /  Flag Football​  /  Golf

  Track  /  Boys’ Volleyball  /  Girls’ Softball

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Branciforte has rich Arts & Opportunities

At B40, we believe education should aim higher than graduation. Our students have access to a wealth of hands-on, technical career coursework to explore options, hone skills and aim high:


Biotechnology / Sustainable Agriculture / 

Graphic Design / Welding / IT Essentials / 

Floral Design / Woodworking / Bike Technology / 

Culinary Arts / Fire Science / Auto Technology / 

Sports Medicine / Construction / Photography / 

Healthcare / Music Production


Branciforte has more Mental Health Support

As well as a full counseling department, whose counselors provide personal as well as academic counseling, Branciforte Middle employs a full-time Social Emotional Counselor who serves the student body as a licensed Mental Health Professional.

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Branciforte has more Connections & more Diversity

As a public school, Branciforte is built on the belief that not only are all welcome, but that a diversity of perspectives and experiences drives broader and faster development for all students.

Developing minds need variety - they need each other. When a class isn't curated, students have a greater connection to their community and society.


Branciforte has more Leadership Opportunities

Our bustling community of students, thriving clubs, athletic & performing arts teams, student government body, peer tutoring program & community connections (to local programs, partners and government) empower Branciforte students with unique opportunities to develop as the leaders of tomorrow.

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