The academic progress of every student is the number one focus of Chemawa Middle School. Chemawa is proud of its Professional Learning Community where teachers and staff join together to build learning bridges and connect with students, parents and the local community on a daily basis. Led by Principal Raúl Ayala, Chemawa Middle School is one of seven middle schools in the Riverside Unified School District.
Chemawa is located on 20.5 acres bordering Magnolia Avenue in the southwest end of the city of Riverside. Chemawa is an Indian word which means Happy Home and it is just that to about 1000 seventh and eighth grade students. Built in 1928, Chemawa first opened as a junior high school that served three grade levels which included seventh through ninth grade. The school was redesigned as a middle school in 1973 and updated to meet new structural building requirements. Then in 2006, several buildings on campus were again refurbished and a brand new 700 wing added.
Chemawa Middle School has deep historical roots within the local Riverside community. Many children attending Chemawa today are second or even third generation Chemawa students. Several staff members attended Chemawa as students. Because the local community is quite diverse and rich in culture, Chemawa has been able to forge many wonderful traditions and nurture a strong community identity over the years. Chemawa is proud that local businesses partner with our school on an ongoing basis in support of the social and academic success of all our students.