Cheldelin Middle School welcomes all students and offers a balanced and supportive educational program. Our mission is to foster each individual student's growth academically, emotionally, and socially by challenging, engaging, and inspiring all students, allowing them to reach their potential. Our administrative team is dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all students, families, and staff.
Cheldelin Middle School was built in 1967. Our school was named in honor of Vernon H. Cheldelin, the founding director of the institute of Science at Oregon State University and a long-time member of the Corvallis School Board. We are the home of the Cougars and our colors and our enrollment is approximately 600 students in grades six through eight.
We welcome you to the Cheldelin community!
Darren Bland, Principal
Darren Bland has been the principal at Cheldelin Middle School since 2016. He served as Assistant Principal in 2014-2015 and worked in the district’s Teaching and Learning Department as an Instructional Technology Specialist in 2013-14. Before joining the Corvallis School District, he taught language arts in the McMinnville School District for seven years and was also at Aloha and Central Catholic High schools for five years.
Jon Strowbridge, Assistant Principal
Mr. Strowbridge began working in the Corvallis School District in 2012 and hired as Cheldelin assistant principal in 2020. He is a life long Corvallis native and a graduate of the Corvallis School District. He has been a coach in the district for a decade and was a PE and Health teacher at Cheldelin Middle School and assistant principal at Crescent Valley High School. He also has taught the AVID elective class. AVID is a program designed to help students develop better study skills and college readiness. He graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelors degree in Exercise Sports Science and he earned his masters degree in Health Education from Western Oregon University.