Pio Pico Span School (elementary and middle school) first opened its doors on September 7, 1987 as an elementary school. The Pio Pico School site was originally home to a convent and high school for girls, from 1905 until 1977. In 1980, to make way for Pio Pico School, all of the original buildings were demolished except for the gymnasium and the Rose Cottage; these buildings are considered historical sites and are still used today. In June of the year 1996, Pio Pico School had its first 8th grade culminating class. The school started with 150 students and now has a student body of over 1800 students. Parents in honor of Governor Pio de Jesus Pico chose the school’s name. Governor Pico, born to parents from (New Spain) Mexico had a diverse heritage of Spanish, African, Native American and Italian descent. He was the governor of California until 1846. Governor Pico was a pioneer and is credited for developing what is now the Los Angeles County area.

Pio Pico Middle School is fortunate to have outstanding students, teachers, and staff!  Together, they work hard every school day (and many weekends and evenings) to make our school a better place to learn.  We are blessed with caring parents and a supportive community.  Despite the many challenges we have in these difficult economic times, the adults and young people of the Pio Pico School Community come together to offer our students a brighter future.


We do our best to focus on the positive behavior and academic achievements of our students.  Our goal is to help our students be college ready and be equipped to make their own career choices in their lives ahead.


We hope you take the time to look over our web site as we work to share many of the great things that are going on at our school 

About Pio Pico School

Directions to Our School: Pio Pico Middle School is located on S. Arlington Avenue in Mid-City, between Pico Bl. and Venice Bl.  From the Santa Monica Freeway (10), use the Arlington Exit and proceed north about 1/2 mile.  Parking during the school day is difficult.  Watch for parking restrictions on Arlington and on neighboring side streets.

About Pio Pico School

1512 S. Arlington Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90019             Phone: (323) 733-8801            Fax: 323-735-2665

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From freeways to the north, such as the Hollywood Freeway (101), take the Vermont Avenue Exit and proceed south to Pico Bl. and then head west. Keep in mind that driving to downtown LA first, and then taking the 10 freeway west may still be faster, depending on time of day and traffic.

School History

Something To Be Proud Of!

Something To Be Proud Of!