Cherry Avenue Middle School

Our Story

Cherry Avenue Middle School is a California Distinguished school that serves students in grades six through eight in the tight-knit community of Tulare, California.

Our first priority at Cherry Avenue is to encourage the educational facet of your child’s life in a safe and friendly atmosphere.

We realize that middle school is one of the most important stages in a child’s educational life, as it raises the bar from elementary school and serves as a preparatory time for high school. We aim to do this in a way that is both fun and challenging for our students.


At Cherry Avenue, we offer the following:

  • Fully credentialed faculty
  • Band and choir programs
  • Elective classes such as wood shop and small engine classes, art, computer, graphic design, agriculture, art, and  "Pinterest" math
  • Athletics
  • ESL
  • An honors program in math and language arts
  • AVID schoolwide
We understand that school isn’t only about core classes but is rather about creating a schedule of stimulating courses and activities to build a lifetime love of learning. As you can see, Cherry Avenue Middle School is committed to making these years successful for your child. We look forward to welcoming you into the Cherry Avenue Middle School family.
 A Word From the Principal
I am so happy and excited to be back at Cherry and serve as your principal!  I promise to work hard at creating an environment for your child that is positive, safe, and secure. 
As far as classes, cafeteria, breaks, and having almost 500 students gather every day, it has been pretty smooth. We appreciate your patience with schedule changes, our students' cooperation with teachers and with one another, and with all of the potential confusion that can occur in a new school year! Thank you all! 
We thank you for trusting your most valuable and loved people-your kids- to be with us every day. We want to help make their middle school years full of learning, positive memories, and fun! I encourage you to contact your teachers and/or the administration if we can be of help in any way.
May this year be great for all of us!
Mrs. Portillo
Fast Facts
Grades: 6th - 8th
Mascot: Bulldogs
School Colors: Red, gold, black
Students: 500
Office Hours:
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
School Hours:
8:10 a.m.-3:20 a.m.
Early Dismissal:
8:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.