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Dorothy McElhinney Middle School
35125 Briggs Rd, Murrieta, CA 92563

Located in east Murrieta, Dorothy McElhinney Middle School is one of the newer additions to the Murrieta ValleyMore Unified School District.

Besides following the district's standards of academic excellence, McElhinney is a visual and performing arts school. Students are exposed to vocal and instrumental music, drama, dance and visual art, ceramics and computer arts.

The school's namesake, Dorothy McElhinney, owned the 400-acre Pinto Ranch on which the campus now stands. Feeder schools are Lisa J. Mails and Monte Vista elementary schools. McElhinney students feed into Vista Murrieta High School.

Murrieta Mesa High School
24801 Monroe Ave, Murrieta, CA 92562

Murrieta Mesa High School opened in August 2009 as Murrieta Valley Unified School District's third comprehensive highMore school. A Chinese language class offered at the school is one of few in Riverside County.

Students at Murrieta Mesa can choose from five college and careers pathways: business/culinary, engineering, liberal studies/education, medical and visual and performing arts. The option to enroll in Career Technical courses is also made available to students. 

The Murrieta Mesa Rams have quickly made a name for themselves through their involvement in the community, including establishing a partnership with the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce, which moved to the campus in July. In turn, the chamber agreed to help Mesa students prepare for entry into the workforce through internships, guest lecturers and a variety of other measures.

In addition to the chamber, Mesa has student-enrichment partnerships with Hewlett-Packard, Inland Valley Symphony and Temecula Valley Master Chorale, and it is working toward an agreement with UC Riverside's School of Medicine.

Principal Mary Walters' hope is that all students become involved in campus through athletics, clubs or groups.

The motto is "Pursue your passion...leave a legacy!"

Creekside High School
24150 Hayes Ave, Murrieta, CA 92562

Creekside High School is a continuation high school for students in grades 9 through 12 or ages 16 and up, offeringMore an alternative to the larger, comprehensive high schools in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District.

Creekside High School prides itself on offering "an academically challenging program in an environment that is small, personal, creative and caring." 

The smaller class sizes benefit students who are working to recover credits they may have gotten behind in when attending a traditional high school setting. Students can earn a high school diploma, GED or California High School Proficiency Certificate, as well as earn community college credits.

Creekside High School had the second highest API score among continuation schools in Riverside County for the 2009-2010 school year.

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