About Shivela Middle SchoolApproximate Enrollment: 1,420
Shivela Middle School serves students in grades six through eight with a full range of programs including Band, Choir, ASB, Photography, Drama, Yearbook, at-risk intervention programs and a wide variety of clubs and activities.Shivela Middle School opened in 1990. The school has 50 classrooms, a multipurpose room, computer lab, covered lunch area, library, cafeteria, administrative offices, a gymnasium, athletic fields, and a track.
Shivela has had an exciting time since it first opened. Not only did Shivela host MVHS for a year but we also hosted Thompson Middle School for a year and a half when they first opened. We went to a multi-track year-round program in July of 1992 and stayed with that very trying and challenging program for eight years. In August of 2000, the district changed to a common calendar, similar to a traditional school calendar, for the school year.Shivela opened with two relocatable offices, a staff lounge/workroom, relocatable restrooms, locker rooms, multi-purpose room and twenty-six classrooms, eventually expanding to fifty-one relocatable classrooms. We moved into our new, permanent Physical Education building, referred to as "The Cage" in 1996. After many years of waiting for state and local funding, Shivela's permanent campus was completed and dedicated in April of 1998.
Shivela, an Indian word meaning Sycamore Tree, was chosen by the school board in recognition of the many Native American tribes that inhabited our valley. Our mascot, the Panther, was chosen by a vote of the first students who attended Shivela. You will notice that the Panther head is always facing to the right, significant of our goal to always move in the right direction. The school colors are teal, gray, black and white. The first students also chose the school colors.Shivela was recognized as a California Distinguished School in May of 2001. Our staff is very proud of this honor, as it recognizes the tremendous efforts that everyone makes to provide a positive learning environment for our students.Elementary Schools: Antelope Hills, Avaxat, E. Hale Curran, and Rail RanchHigh Schools: Murrieta Mesa and Vista Murrieta