Welcome to the CPMA Virtual Experience

Here you will find information about our school and how families can choice their students to CPMA. You will find links to Choice Enrollment Applications, videos of Virtual Tours and messages from our teachers and staff.


CPMA Magnet Middle School will be a nurturing, safe, and professional environment that supports the educational success and social, emotional, and physical development of all students. Courses will be artistic, academic, engaging, and standards-based, with a focus on the learner. All school staff will be highly qualified and caring instructors who work to establish relationships and are attentive to the educational, cultural and physical needs of students and the CPMA community. Students who leave CPMA will be life-long learners who use critical thinking skills to communicate effectively and successfully navigate the many challenges the world has to offer.

Who Are We?

We are the Creative, Performing and Media Arts Magnet Middle School that is located in the beautiful neighborhood of Claremont, San Diego. We aim to provide a solid foundation in core classes and a strong emphasis in the arts. We offer more than 10 electives including dance alternative to PE. At CPMA, we believe in a well-rounded educational opportunity to all students around the district. Here, your student will grow and thrive in a creative, challenging and nurturing environment. We are surrounded by so much creativity ranging from music streaming apps to NASA scientists who pushes to think outside to box. Our students learn more than academics and art, they learn more about their surroundings, who and where they come from and become confident in themselves and those around them.

Classes Offered At CPMA

At CPMA, students' middle school experience will be given many opportunities to be as creative as they can be while also taking core classes. This could range from music, media, dance, visual arts, acting, to creating a yearbook. Here what classes/programs we offer;

  • Core Classes:

    • Math

    • English

    • Social Studies/History

    • Science

    • Gate Cluster

    • Accelerated Courses

  • Physical Education

    • P.E. (ultimate frisbee, basketball, soccer, etc.)

    • Dance (jazz, tap and ballet)

  • VAPA Classes

    • Visual Arts (painting, drawing, etc.)

    • Theater (acting)

    • Theater Production (stagecraft, make-up, costumes, light and sound, building props and sets, stage management, etc.)

    • Video Production (learn to use camcorders to make and edit videos)

    • Broadcast Journalism (Bi-weekly school broadcast news led by students) [Advanced Class]

    • Choir (singing)

    • Orchestra (strings; viola, violin, cello, and bass)

    • Band (woodwind, brass, and percussion)

    • Jazz Band [Advanced Class]

For more information on our VAPA electives, please click HERE

  • Other Electives

    • Yearbook

    • ASB (Associated Student Body)
    • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

Core Classes

At CPMA, students are expected to take 4/5 core classes each school year. These include;

  • English

  • Math

  • Science

  • Social Studies / History

We believe a strong foundation in core classes go hand-in-hand with your student's future success. Our experienced staff, average 10+ years of teaching experience, provides an exemplary and nurturing environment to help ensure your student meets their educational objective(s). Our teachers provide a mix of hands on and creative opportunities through many on-going projects throughout the year to reinforce the core standards. Projects include;

  • Teaching Through the Arts

  • The Butterfly Project

  • Bottle Rocket Lab

  • And others

We do offer both GATE Cluster and Accelerated Courses.

*Please make sure to obtain a GATE letter from your 5th grade teacher after you have been accepted to CPMA when you are filling out enrollment paperwork.

What Kind of Services Does CPMA Offer?

With access to counselors, librarians, and nurse, our students have all the right tools to be successful.


    • We have two counselors on campus 5 days a week.


    • There is one nurse or nurse tech available daily.


    • We have a librarian 5 days a week, where many Middle Schools only have a librarian once or twice a week.

    • Book Club, Graphic Novel Making Club, Board Games check out, open during lunch.

Before and School Care

  • CPMA offers PrimeTime before and after school for students that may need to be dropped off early or picked up late.

  • We also offer tutoring for students in the Library on Wednesdays and Thursdays after school.

* late busses are offer to students who qualify for transportation.

Choosing CPMA As Your Middle School

Step 1

    • Check out our Virtual Tour and our Instagram / Twitter (@CPMAmiddle)

Step 2

Step 3

    • Look for acceptance email to complete enrollment in March 2022

Common Questions

  • Where are we located?

    • 5050 Conrad Ave. San Diego, CA 92117

  • Are we a private school?

    • No. We are a public magnet school with the San Diego Unified School District. Also meaning it doesn't cost to come to CPMA!

  • Do you provide busing/transportation?

    • The answer is yes, and the best part is that it is free. You must be living at an address that qualifies you for transportation. PLEASE NOTE: not every student will qualify for transportation due to where our buses are scheduled to pick up our students and limitation on space.

Due to COVID-19, bussing is still being determined. We do not have all the answers as of yet about transportation for the 2022-21 School Year. Once we do, we will make sure to update this information. Thanks for your patience.