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Aspire Benjamin Holt Middle School

Welcome to the Aspire Benjamin Holt Middle School landing page!

Leading with Heart!

During our regional retreat gathering in June, our Area Superintendent emeritus, Anthony Solina, declared the Central Valley as a place where schools will be “Leading with Heart”. Since each of your families play an integral role at our school, I would like to extend this same declaration over Ben Holt Middle School and to your home. May we practice living in a way that extends grace to one another; may we listen with our hearts and embrace situations/experiences with an open heart; and may we be thankful for everything, as circumstances can always be better and/or worse. I am excited to hear stories about how a positive mindset impacts our school, families, and community.

Grades: 6-8
Sponsoring District: Lodi Unified School District
CDS/Charter Numbers: CDS: #1782 Charter: #39-68585-0133678
Afterschool Program? Y

Enrollment: 574
Hispanic: 48%
African-American: 6%
Pacific Islander: 1%
Asian-American: 22%
Caucasian: 15%
Free and Reduced Lunch: 57%

Read Aspire’s Title IX Policy – Aspire Public Schools is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. Read more here.

2020-21 Key Dates

First Day of School: August 10, 2020
Staff PD Day (no students): September 4, 2020
Labor Day: September 7, 2020
Fall Break: October 9-12, 2020
Student Led Conferences (minimum days): October 19-23, 2020
Veteran’s Day: November 11, 2020
Thanksgiving Holiday (1 Week): November 23-27, 2020
Winter Break (2 Weeks): December 21, 2020 – January 1, 2021
Staff PD Day (no students): January 4, 2021
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: January 18, 2021
President’s Day: February 15, 2021
Exhibitions (Early Release): February 17-19, 2021
Spring Break (1 Week): March 15 – 19, 2021
Staff PD Day (no students): March 22, 2021
Staff PD Day (no students): March 23, 2021
Family Engagement Night: April 8, 2021
Student Led Conferences (minimum days): April 20-23, 2021
Memorial Day: May 31, 2021
Last Day of School: June 4, 2021

School Address & Contact Information


3293 East Morada Lane,
Stockton, CA 95212, United States

Contact Info



Principal’s Message

Dear Ben Hold Middle School Families,

It has been an honor to serve the Ben Holt community as a principal resident/assistant principal for the past three years and now as the principal of Ben Holt Middle School. I am extremely passionate about the work that we do at Aspire and the way in which we serve students and families. The Ben Holt community is a place where students work hard to apply themselves and succeed at high levels. BHM is also a place where families are involved in their child’s educational experience.

As a life-long learner, I myself am a first generation college student and I am passionate about Aspire’s vision and mission. I have overcome many life obstacles in order to become a college graduate and an educator. My life’s story is the Aspire story and I am thankful to work and serve in an organization that helps students overcome societal and generational barriers. Before BHM, I was a principal resident at BHA for one year, taught for 8 years in Stockton Unified/Aspire Schools, and worked in Compton Unified School District as a coach for 3 years. I love helping people better their lives through thinking critically through education.

I look forward to partnering with each of you as we strive each day to live out the Aspire core values: Purposefulness, collaboration, ownership, quality, and customer service. I recognize that middle school can signal feelings of both excitement and apprehension, and I thank you for entrusting our staff with your most precious possession, your children. We do not take our responsibility lightly in ensuring your child with an experience that is engaging, safe, and nurturing, and we are thrilled for the next leg in your child’s academic journey.

May we all commit to making greater efforts towards communicating with each other. If I can ever be of assistance, please email or call me. Thank you for choosing Ben Holt Middle School. We look forward to serving you and your child this 2018-2019 school year.

With great positivity and gratitude,
Maria Cortez
Principal, Aspire Benjamin Holt Middle School