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Fred T. Korematsu Middle School
7125 Donal Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530

Phone:  (510) 231-1449
Fax: (510) 231-5987


Our website is:  www.korematsumiddleschool.org

Who Attends

We serve 7th and 8th graders from  Washington, Fairmont, Harding, Kensington, Stege and  Madera Elementary Schools and beyond. We proudly serve an extremely diverse socioeconomic and racial population and serve a vibrant community of families from the surrounding Richmond and El Cerrito neighborhoods.

Mission Statement

Believe it!  Achieve it!

Korematsu Middle School is a safe, inclusive, student-centered community that provides academic and social success. Our community values respectful, collaborative relationships to ensure that all students become responsible, confident, and enthusiastic citizens who fulfill their individual potential.

School Leadership

Principal: Matthew Burnham mburnham@wccusd.net
Asst. Principal: Blair Krug bkrug@wccusd.net
Office Manager: Mercedes Castro mcastro@wccusd.net

FTK Medal of Freedom
Photo Credit: Shirley Nakao, Courtesy of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute

Who is Fred T. Korematsu?

Mr. Korematsu is a national civil rights leader. In 1942, during World War II, he refused to go the government’s incarceration camps for Japanese-Americans. After he was arrested and convicted of defying the government’s order, he appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court, where he lost. In 1983, key documents were discovered that showed government intelligence agencies had hidden documents that consistently showed that Japanese-Americans had committed no acts of treason to justify mass incarceration. With new evidence, Mr. Korematsu was able to re-open his case. In 1983, his conviction was overturned. Korematsu remained an activist throughout his life and in 1998 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

In June, 2014, the WCCUSD School Board unanimously voted to rename Portola Middle School after Mr. Korematsu. Learn more about Mr. Korematsu at the Fred T. Korematsu Institute website.



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ROBOCALLS  by Principal Burnham

Mr. Burnham will call home as needed with important announcements and reminders. The school office must have a current phone number with answering machine or voice mail to receive these messages. Mobile phone number is OK!


PTSA maintains a website: www.korematsumiddleschool.org

Subscribe to receive email when a new announcement is placed on the website. Search the website for information, such as registration forms, upcoming events, etc.


LIKE us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/PortolaMiddleSchool


Many teachers maintain websites and communicate homework and other deadlines through REMIND.  Please check the Teachers’ Corner tab on our website.

Maps and Parking and AC Transit

Korematsu Building

Drop-Offs and Pickups

Drive around the school in a clockwise direction.  Drop and pick up students at the marked, designated areas on Norvell and Lawrence.  For student safety, and to improve traffic flow, drop students on the school side of the street.  Please refrain from dropping students directly in front of the school on Donal Avenue.  In the mornings and afternoons, Donal Avenue is used by AC Transit and other buses, therefore, it must be kept clear so that the buses can make their stops.


Except for one or two lonely short-term parking spots, there is no parking on the school side of Donal Avenue. The school side of Donal Avenue must be kept clear for AC Transit and other bus use.  Please park legally on Lawrence, Gladys or Norvell Streets.

Please respect our neighborhood and our neighbors.  Please refrain from blocking any driveways …. even for a minute … and always follow traffic rules and regulations.

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AC Transit

AC Transit runs dedicated routes to and from Richmond.  These routes run only on school days Monday to Friday and the schedules are timed to match the hours of local schools and operate only when schools are in session.  Even though these buses are specific to school schedules, they are open to all passengers at regular fare.  Visit AC Transit Supplementary Service Calendar for complete information.


click on the  bus links for specific routes, stops and times

667 North Richmond (Market Avenue and Third), Richmond (Seventh Street; MacDonald Avenue),  El Cerrito (San Pablo Avenue), El Cerrito High, Korematsu Middle School.

668 Richmond BART, Richmond (Cutting Boulevard; Harbor Way South), El Cerrito (San Pablo Avenue),  El Cerrito High School, Korematsu Middle School.

675 Richmond BART, Richmond (Cutting Boulevard; Harbor Way South) Richmond (Potrero Avenue, Hartnett Avenue)  El Cerrito (Carlson Boulevard, San Pablo Avenue)  El Cerrito Hight School, Korematsu Middle School.