The mission of Wangenheim Middle School is to educate students to become productive, responsible, and well-rounded life-long learners by creating a positive school culture of cohesive stakeholders (parents, staff, community, and students).

To achieve our goals, we emphasize meeting the diverse academic, social, and personal needs of our students. Our goals toward this mission include:

Standards based academic instruction.
A diverse elective program.
Character education programs, counseling, and personal management systems.
Providing opportunities for extra curricular involvement.



Contact Information

9230 Gold Coast Drive
San Diego, CA 92130

phone: 858-578-1400
fax: 858-578-9481
Office Hours: 7:00 am to 3:30 pm



Students examine  jars containing various animal brains7th grade students at Wangenheim got a special treat to go along with the holiday season, BRAINS! Graduate students from the UC San Diego Neuroscience department came into classes to work with students during their Human Body unit of study. The grad students reviewed some of the brain parts Wangenheim students had learned about, then let students actually handle sheep brains to see first hand what the parts look like close up. Wangenheim students also got to see brains of different species including human, porpoise, opossum, penguin, and tuna. They compared the brain sizes and different regions to look for similarities and differences among different species. Students had a great experience examining this fascinating topic in depth.



 Ms. Ryder celebrates with her studentsFelicia Ryder of Wangenheim Middle School is the 2011 Qualcomm Science & Technology Educator of the Year. Ms. Ryder was honored at the Cox Channel 4 Salute to Teachers on October 1st. She has taught 6th and 7th grade science for 17 years, and in three of those years worked as a science resource teacher supporting science teachers throughout the county. She's a champion of inquiry-based science, teaching her students to "do" science like scientists. Her students use her MOODLE site to access current scientific research, upload assignments, and debate science topics. For the last three years Mrs. Ryder has taken part in a collaborative  effort with Scripps Institute and the Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence to create online learning tools to enhance science education and promote ocean sciences. She uses a variety of innovative technologies to deliver instruction and assess achievement, engaging students with the digital tools and language they've embraced.