Students enrolled 697
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School leader Beth Thomas
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District La Mesa-Spring Valley School District
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4200 Parks Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91941

(619) 668-5730
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3 stars
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May 12, 2014
I am giving one star only because negative values are unavailable. Last year, I thought this was a good school. This year, the administration is unable or more shockingly unwilling to deal with the bullies that are attacking my son and his friends at school. The Principal, Dean of Students, and Counselor seem to be unconcerned about the well-being of my son. I do not know whether my next step will be the Superintendent or a lawyer.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2013
Best School On Living Earth. Amazing honor and noble role parties. Game rooms and Events like Evening Of The Stars and Evening Of The Arts. Lots of electives and clubs to choose from. LMMS IS THE BEST. (:

- submitted by a community member
July 22, 2012
I have two sons...my oldest has already went through LMMS....I love this school...starting with the principal. Beth Thomas she is amazing, she loves the students and the school. I have the utmost respect for her. Bonnie Hayman is just amazing, she goes above and beyond. I am excited for my youngest to attend I want to get more involved with this school and the staff. I love when schools have such a great close community feel....My oldest son is doing great at Helix and I owe part of this to Rolando teachers and LMMS teachers....love these two school and would suggest them to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2012
i just promoted from LMMS this summer and i have to say i prity much hated it there i had some great experiences and have met some great people and i don't regret it, but i feel if i went to a different school i would have gotten a better education. some teachers were great good and some even fun but most had none of the above and bearly teach you a thing and have no good teaching strategys. and the principal taking time away with endless announcements and incredible boring assemblies that make you wish you were in class.

- submitted by a community member
February 12, 2011
I would suggest to go else where. This school use to be very school spirited back in the late 90's but going to the school through the mid 2000's it seemed like it lacked Teachers that really cared about its students. The p.e teachers really need to step it up and show respect to students at times.. I remember asking to sit in the shade due to health issues I had as well as being in 100 degree weather towards the summer you would think the pe staff would let the students go in the shade.. but no!, I felt that alot of the Pe teachers were very loose on bad behaivior. The majority of the teachers were ok, but not extraordinary, lacks a spark that I use to get from great teachers ive had in the past. The lunches were not great either, seemed like alot of the free to reduced lunch was sitting around for days, and options to buy lunch form the other line were too expensive. I stuggled with math in high school mostly because I had a teacher that only played disney and hollywood movies, sure back then it was cool to see that a teacher would do that, but when you get older you see that you did not learn a thing...

- submitted by a community member
January 18, 2011
No leadership from the Principal (Beth Thomas) who apparently has little respect for her students or teachers, as she frequently interrupts class and drones on endlessly during announcements. Events don't start on time and sometimes seem chaotic. Teachers that refuse to use the internet or email, even when offered help. New band instructor can't hold a candle to his predecessor and the band's performance reflects it. I think a leadership change would go a long way towards improving things and motivating the teachers that do care.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2010
I was a 6th grader at lmms and i would NEVER recommend it. EVER. I was on the honor role every quarter and am a nice kid so i don't have any revenge issues. This is just my experience but i know many other kids who feel the same. my teachers spend most of their time playing on the computer, yelling at the bad kids ,and eating junk food in front of us as "punishment". the hallway passing time is full of cussing and fights and they would call me white girl all the time. it's not a good learning environment overall. i'm not even good in math but i got an A and i don't think they are challenging enough. i will be going to a new school next year because my mom thinks LMMS needs to change and the budget cuts will make the teachers even worse.a

- submitted by a community member
June 08, 2010
LMMS use to be a great school...I use the term use to. The new principle(Beth Thomas) was a bad fit not only for the students but for the parents and parent volunteers as well. She needs to be replaced for the school to get back on track...as long as she is there I would find a school elsewhere!

- submitted by a community member
May 25, 2010
i went to la mesa middle when i was in the 6th grade.i wished i never went there; because of them i had to repeat the 6th grade when i moved because they lost all of my paper work. if you child goes here or wants to go here, talk them out of it cause this school is the wrong choice!!!

- submitted by a community member
May 05, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
The spirit assemblys are absaloutly terrible and the children swear so much you can hardly tell they are children at all!!! some rules are very unecassary such as friday night school for giving a hug. wow!!!! Also i dont believe kids are punished enough for things that actually deserve punishment like talking back numerous times to the teacher- lying-graffiti-swearing towards other students-sexual remarks-racial jokes-harassment to 'special' students(kicking punching names)-etc.. the school also has terrible dress code rules!!! i understand no 'spaggeti'strap tank tops but no tank tops whatsoever!!!!even on blistering hot days in sandiego! the school has so many more issues and the only thing stopping me from giving a one(or zero if it were possible) is the teachers! i love the teachers!

- submitted by a student
January 30, 2010
im an eighth grader at LMMS and the principle ruined it. the spirit rallies are horrible and the rules are unfair. however (as frustrateing as they can be) the teachers are mostly great and really care but, the science classes are great and the lebs rock but i am looking forward to going to a christian high school because the students curse and make rasict comments.

- submitted by a student
January 13, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 16, 2009
I really don't like this school at all! I have been going there since 6th grade and i am now an 8th grader. The principal makes ridiculous rules. Also the kids are very mean and they swear ALOT!!! If you are looking for a school for your child to attend to DON'T attend LMMS! (La Mesa Middle School)

- submitted by a student
October 10, 2009
The band and orchestra are incredible and we are so lucky to have an excellent music program. Mr. Dyke the music director teaches students from local elementary schools how to play the recorder in 4th grade. In 5th grade they choose a band or orchestra instrument. Most of the kids wind up going to La Mesa Middle and joining the band or orchestra. He teaches 4 bands and an orchestra, and the quality is top notch. Most of the students go to Helix High School and move on to a tradition of another high quality music program. We are very fortunate here at La Mesa Middle School, we are also the only middle school in Spring/Valley School District with an orchestra.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2009
I used to attend La Mesa Middle and the teachers are fantastic. They really involve themselves with students education wise. The school overall Im afraid is far below the teachers. In other words its below average. The principal Beth Thomas creates an environment where the students are not permitted to have fun or 'be kids' the right way. Before Thomas became the principal there was many fun organized events that got the students involved and had tons of fun at school but now there is poorly planned events that rarely take place because fundraising is too much of an hassle. For an example spirit assembles were something that the entire school looked forward to but now it is dreaded. If you want your child to enjoy their middle school experience like every child deserves then i strongly recommend not sending them to La Mesa Middle School.

- submitted by a student
June 21, 2009
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June 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2009
The principal, Beth Thomas, is responsive, professional and warm. My child really likes his teachers and is learning so much. He used to go to a private school and this is far better.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2008
i am currently attending la mesa middle school, it is a great school all the teachers are nice , but there are alot of kids there it is to hard to get to one room from another.

- submitted by a student
September 17, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 16, 2008
i love this school its awesome

- submitted by a student
May 23, 2008
I love this school because it is the best school.My SLC is a Jaguar,i have the best teacher of the year in 2008.

- submitted by a student
January 14, 2008
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January 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 20, 2007
I cannot believe how many negative comments there are about this school. I am having a wonderful time and I am lucky to be here. I love my fellow Cheetah friends and the staff are #1! I love this school i is the best!

- submitted by a student
December 14, 2007
I graduated from this school a year ago, and all I can say is that I have had a lot of fond memories there. I was in the SLC Cheetah's, and all the SLC's (Small Learning Communities- there are 4; Cheetahs, Jaguars, Panthers and Cougars) have awesome teachers who are there for the students.

- submitted by a student
July 13, 2007
My daughter just finished her first year at LMMS in the Cougar GATE-SLC and she had a fantastic learning experience! She absolutely loves school and all her teachers. I feel she learned so much and her grades reflected it. Good behavior is rewarded. School spirit is high. Counselor/Deans are on top of discipline. Very safe learning environment. Super electives-only orchestra/chorus in EastCounty. PE is consistently fun and recognizes standouts. Strong teachers-good peer examples in GATE.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
In 2000 we moved into the area and I did whatever I could getting an Intradistrict transfer authorized and my efforts were rewarded for my first child. Five years later my second child now attends and I can't say hes getting the same quality of education as my first. I feel the assignments are too routine and they don't challenge the kids, they lose interest, and inconsistent grades are a sure sign of boredom. Continually having to refocus is a waste of young minds who really do want to learn. The standards set with district reformation did not consider that the multitude of ways in which we learn. Learning should be fun!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2007
My son moved from an elementary school(he was in gate) to a middle school that I found appalling. I fought to get him transferred and he ended up @ LMM. He has had a great experience so far (almost 2 months). He was welcomed almost immediately and his grades have shoot through the roof. He likes his teachers which didn't surprise me because I was impressed with the staff myself. I am very pleased with the transition even though I have to drive my son 20 miles a day to school. In defense of critics of the school, my son is gifted in every way so that may be why he is not struggling with the work, the teachers, or the students. He was having a horrible time before he transferred so I am certain that it is La Mesa Middle that has made the difference.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
I had my doubts about sending my daughter here two years ago for 6th grade, but here she is excelling in 8th grade, having a great time. Cheetah gate teachers are wonderful. The SLC (small learning community) concept allows teachers to actually get to know their students.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2006
Quality is very good. Teacher support also good. Need more sports/art activities.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
This is our first year at LMMS and to date we have found it a good school. My child is in GATE and the school does have teaching geared toward the GATE student and that is not always the case. The teachers are acceptable and seem to be dedicated if not top-of-the-line. Their enthusiasm and concern for the children make up for their lack of experience. No complaints except a great deal of freedom that can sometimes result in not pleasant situations.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2006
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- submitted by a student
December 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 19, 2005
I am shocked at all of the negative reviews of this school. I have had/have 3 boys attended /attending this school. I can honestly say that they've had a good education, maintaining A's and B's and some C's and Great citizenship. The Panther team is wonderful, and the Dean has been so helpful with any problem they have needed help with. Parent involvement could be a little better, but I know parents have to work. Extracurricular activities are good, but unfortunately due to budget problems, there cannot be more. Discipline seems ok, but from our experience ,the kid who gets bullied is the one who has to change, not the bully. The bully's parents aren't held accountable either. I always see the Dean's and the Principal out during lunch and before/after school monitoring students. Teachers are always approachable anytime as well. We have had a pretty positive experience.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2005
Great education, the teachers are extremely dedicated and wonderful. I love that Cougar team, what a great bunch of educators. I am proud to say my child graduated from that school.

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March 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2005
With excellent academics, and overall great school spirit, this school provides a very positive environment for learning. I especially like the lunchtime activities. Supportive and talented teachers, especially the art teacher also contribute to this positive feel. I found the support staff (office personnel and school nurse) very supportive and helpful. My only caveat, the counselors, while very good with 'normal' or average students, seem unable or perhaps unwilling to cope with students who have ADHD, ODD or other learning disabilites. This has made my attempts to help my child integrate at this school much more stressful than it should have been!

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2004
I like this school, my kids like it. I am involved as a volunteer and I think so far so good, I think the teachers could teach a little better though they expect high and they dont give that much into the classes. As what I have heard, my kids dont know their work what is taught. So that is hard. They dont teach it they just expect them to know it. the big problem I have noticed is no t.p. in the bathroom and they are dirty, the auditorium is dirty. the price for a lunch is bad and dont offer good healthy foods.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
July 14, 2004
The school appeard to be a nice school, Unfortunately, it is run more like a detention center. They are given detention for the smallest things (i.e. being a couple of min late, an over due library book) Its silly. My son mentioned that most of the kids in his class don't seem like they are interested in learning. The bright light here is...they have a Thursday after school group called 'Higher Ground'. It's awesome!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2004
I agree that the place is pretty tough on kids and parents. My child is in the GATE program. She often works long, hard hours on projects and gets mark downs, even to D grades, for petty reasons - Page out of order? She's twelve! What I have found consistently is that with just a little attention she gets it right away and does A work in every subject but not A homework. If there were less big sceen TVs, lap tops and new everything a teacher could wish for and more books with fewer students in each class things would be better. The focus and funds are clearly from the top down. The children being on the bottom.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2004
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- submitted by a student
May 19, 2004
I am a current 7th grade student at LMMS and it is horrible. The teachers cant control the classes, because they are too big. And they took away all the good snack in the snack lines. The only good part about LMMS, is well, its hard to say. There are tons of fights, too many kids getting in trouble. The P.E teachers, are ok. One of them makes you run the mile(4 laps around the lower field)every friday.

- submitted by a student
May 03, 2004
This is my daughters first year at LMMS. She is an 'A' student and has been through out the year. I like this school and like the teachers. The only thing my child complains about it is to much home work, however by the time home work is do, she manages to finish it and maintain her grades. She dosen't have any problems or complaints about teacher or the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2004
My daughter has been at La Mesa Middle School for three years now and it so far has not been a happy experience. The P.E is tacky and you do not get the best education at this school. There are no great extra curricular activities. My daughter did an intradistrict request thinking that she was going to the best school out here. What a mistake! The classroom sizes are big and the lunch prices are out of this world.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2004
Before my child went to this school I heard horrible stories from parents of students who used to attend LMS, I'm sorry to say that the faculty has lived up to those horrible rumors and I fear my child is not getting the proper education in this situation.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2004
I am now in my 2nd year here. And overall, its not that great of a school. Ofcourse, there are good teachers, just not enough of them. What concerns me the most is that I feel like the teachers are more looking forward to the end of the week, then seeing their next class. I dont feel like teachers really get the time to have a more personal relationship, rather then just a 'hello, goodbye' relationship. And how can they with such crowed rooms! That is ridiculous.

- submitted by a student
September 10, 2003
This is my childs first year at La Mesa Middle and so far things are not so good. Unfortunately the school is run a lot like a detention center as children are hurded from one class to the next. Suspensions and detentions are given for the smallest of infractions. If a child is sick parent's are not called or the child is told to go back to their class. It is a sad thing that due to our financial situation a parent cannot have their children attend private school. My child is miserable at La Mesa Middle School and I only wish the system could change.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2003
I like the small learning communities. I can see their advantage here in the second year. I have had 2 children go here and both were well prepared for AP/honors classes in high school. The PE department has installed an indoor weight/aerobic room and does lots of running. They have a big track meet with another middle school and also participate in the county track meet. There is a new principal so I don't have much to say about him...still to new. I am happy with this school.

- submitted by a parent
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La Mesa Middle School
4200 Parks Avenue, La Mesa, CA  91941
(619) 668-5730
Last modified La Mesa Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
La Mesa Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 52 reviews.