Capistrano Unified School District Trustees on Wednesday evening approved Christopher J. Carter as principal of Aliso Niguel High School (ANHS).
Carter, who will begin his new role on July 1, will be a familiar face to many members of the Aliso Niguel High School community. Carter has been principal at Don Juan Avila Middle School (DJAMS) in Aliso Viejo since 2004.
“Chris is inheriting an excellent school with great students, staff, and parents,” Superintendent Joe Farley said. “His commitment to the community and his expertise in leading a rigorous instructional program will continue the tradition of academic excellence at Aliso Niguel High School.”
Carter replaces Charles Salter, who has accepted a position as principal on special assignment. “I am honored and excited to be named the new principal of Aliso Niguel High School,” Carter said. “This appointment affords me the unique opportunity to continue working with the students and parents I have served in the city of Aliso Viejo for the past seven years as the principal of Don Juan Avila Middle School. I look forward to joining an outstanding team of educators and building on the remarkable success and high academic achievement the school has already achieved. We will work collaboratively to ensure ANHS continues to be one of the top high schools in California and the nation.”
ANHS was recently ranked No. 217 by Newsweek in the magazine’s annual list of America’s Best High Schools. It has also been named a California Distinguished School (1995), National Blue Ribbon School (2000), and U.S. Department of Education New American High School.
Carter began his teaching career in 1994 as a social studies teacher at Shorecliffs Middle School. He served as an assistant principal at Niguel Hills Middle School and Dana Hills High School before becoming principal at DJAMS. He has a bachelor of arts degree in history from CSU San Diego and a master of science in education administration from National University. He received his teaching credential from CSU Long Beach and administrative credential from Chapman University.