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Principal's Message


John Paterson is proud to be the principal of Bud Carson Middle School. He earned his bachelor's degree in liberal studies from California State University Dominguez Hills, with an emphasis in mathematics. He also holds a master's degree, in the field of Educational Technology, from Pepperdine University. John began his career with the Hawthorne School District in 2004. His goal has always been to promote the success of all students by maintaining a safe learning environment, where they can maximize their potential as members in a community of lifelong learners and strive to positively contribute to our advancing global society.

At Bud Carson Middle School we value every student's ability to achieve excellence in and out of school. We have high expectations for our students and teachers. We strive to provide students and parents with an atmosphere that is welcoming, safe and educationally stimulating. We make it our goal to give students the tools they need to be successful in college, career, and beyond. We are committed to building relationships with students, parents, and the community to provide students with the capacity to become effective members of society as well as agents for a positive change.


The BCMS Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academy is an ambitious approach to student learning that brings together the educational demands of high academic standards and accountability while providing students the opportunities and skills needed to be successful in today's technology-driven world. With the understanding that school is the path to a brighter future, the BCMS STEM Academy has developed partnerships to ensure that each child is engaged in meaningful learning. Each student's academic experience will be enhanced through project-based learning, hands-on use of technology, real-life exposure to STEM careers, and career planning that will culminate in a viable plan for post-secondary education. We strive to energize our students by teaching them to take the lead in determining their future.