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Principal - Dr. Chris Davis


Interim Assistant Principal - Mr. Rich Bellante

Principal's Message


Principal's Message

Greetings Parents and Families of Shorecliffs Middle School,

It is with great honor and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed principal of Shorecliffs Middle School. I look forward to working with you and our community, to carry on the tradition of academic excellence at Shorecliffs Middle School . I am eager to join the Shorecliffs team and I am committed to building strong relationships with parents, students, staff, and community members. As a parent I recognize the great responsibility educators are entrusted with in educating children. Middle school is a time that is vital in a student’s academic and social-emotional development; I look forward to working together to continue to ensure our students have a safe, healthy and positive educational experience at our school.

My passion as an educator is developing school culture with a focus on positive interventions, enrichment and supports for all students. A lifelong learner myself, my academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Literature and Culture from UCLA, a Master’s degree in Education from Concordia University, and a Doctorate of Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. I have worked in the field of education for the past sixteen years serving as an English teacher at both the middle school and high school levels where I have taught intensive reading intervention through AP Language and Composition. I have also served as a baseball coach, a football coach, and an ELL Coordinator. For the past five years I have worked as a school administrator where I served as a middle school assistant principal, a program specialist with the Orange County Department of Education, and most recently I have served as an Assistant Principal at Capistrano Valley High School. I am also a parent in our district and believe in the world class education that CUSD provides students. My wife, Alison, and I have two boys; JD (8) and Alex (6) who attend Castille Elementary School in CUSD.

Shorecliffs is a remarkable school with an outstanding PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) program, school spirit, and a reputation for academic excellence. Shorecliffs is an amazing place because of the hard work put in by its teachers, support staff, families, and most importantly its students. I believe in providing our students with a student-centered environment that is safe and nurturing, with rigorous and engaging lessons that will prepare every student for success.

As principal, my door is always open, and I welcome your input and collaboration. I look forward to getting to know each of you as we continue to educate and inspire our students in the 2019 – 2020 school year.


Gratefully yours,


Dr. Chris Davis

Shorecliffs Principal:



Mission Statement and Vision

School Mission:


Educate and inspire all learners to become innovative, collaborative thinkers.



School Vision:


Shorecliffs EDUCATES with great instruction through collaboration, meeting student needs, exploration, and engagement.


Shorecliffs INSPIRES school culture through respect, inclusion, perseverance, and school spirit.