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Walter Colton


About WCMS


Nestled among the tall trees of the Skyline Forest, on a hill in the beautiful city of Monterey, CA sits Walter Colton Middle School.  Named after Walter Colton, one of Monterey's celebrated mayors, WALTER COLTON MIDDLE SCHOOL continues a rich legacy of education in Monterey.  Colton Hall, the "original" Walter Colton, was one of Monterey's first public schools.




WALTER COLTON MIDDLE SCHOOL, built in 1955, began as a junior high school serving grades seven through nine. In 2010, Colton was reconfigured as a middle school, after being a K-8 for 5 years, now educating over 725 students in grades six, seven, and eight.


At Colton, students, parents, and staff all hold high expectations for one another.  As a learning community, it is our deepest desire that all students learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment that promotes literacy, fosters self-esteem, and challenges students to succeed. We strive to have all students realize their full potential to become productive citizens now and in the future.


We have several special programs at Colton, including A.V.I.D., S.T.E.M., instrumental music, drama, art, and leadership. All students are encouraged to become involved in these programs as well as our co-curricular programs and practice responsible habits through their participation.