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K-6
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La Mesa, CA
Students enrolled: 633

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8787 Lemon Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91941

(619) 668-5835
(619) 668-8344
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December 08, 2014
Love, love, love this school!!! This is our girls' first year at Lemon Ave and what a refreshing change from their last school. The teachers are kind and knowledgeable. The office staff are courteous and cheerful. The parents are down-to-earth and friendly. After our first week here, the kids decided they love this school and already started making new friends. We've attended two other elementary school in the past and my only regret is we didn't transfer sooner!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
I love Lemon Avenue. My daughter is in kindergarten this year and we've really enjoyed it.We love her teacher, Ms. Lehmann! I feel that the PTA does a wonderful job with extra curriculur activities and the principal is very hardworking and dedicated. It seems like she knows all the kids' names, which is really nice. Lemon is a nice little school with great kids and families.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2014
We have twins in TK and both kids and us love this school. The feeling you get is that everyone that works there is sincere about teaching the kids. Principal is awesome and is dedicated. I can't see why anyone would give this school anything less than 5 starts. I guess some parents are just old complainers if you know what I mean. You'd give them a brand new car and they would complain that you didn't fill it up with gas for them.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2013
Our children have attended this school for many, many years. This is a very nice school with great teachers, and wonderful parent involvement. During the last couple of years I have noticed that the principal very outwardly plays "favorites" when it comes to placement of children etc. It appears that PTA parents get first consideration. This school says it has a policy of "no classroom choices" This is very unfair to the parents that have larger families, and can't attend all of the PTA meetings, but help out in many other ways. Thankfully, this is our last year at this school. We hope this is not the policy of the middle school we plan to attend.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2013
Just for fun. . . I'm a sixty-nine year old alumni of this school. While I currently live in Camino/Placerville and left La Mesa/Fletcher hills prior to the first grade. At the time, 1949-50 the school had an experimental program called Pre-First. Somewhere between Kindergarten and first grade; it was a learn at ones own pace Montissori-like program. My family chose to return to their pre-war roots in Minnesota where I was enrolled in . . . Second grade, (the-nuns ,no dummies were impressed) in a good catholic school and have enjoyed a successful career as a Physician/Radiologist. I'm meeting some friends for a couple of days at the Del Coronado over Easter and for some reason the Lemon Ave School popped into my mind. A couple of clicks on Google and I find that it is not only still open but earning rave reviews. Bravo to the staff, students and parents, Thomas G Dehn MD FACR. . . And Happy Easter 2013!

- submitted by a community member
January 28, 2013
I love! Love! Love! This school :) my daughter is in kindergarten, her teacher is awesome.. The principal is the best it almost seams as if she knows everyone lol! Shes great!

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2013
This is a great school but due to budget constraints the class sizes are big. The principal is dedicated as well as the teachers. I strongly recommend the EAK program which is fabulous but also gives you an inside look at the crowded nature of public schools in CA. They do the best job with the resources they have available and community support. The after school program (ESS) is lacking and run primarily by teenagers who are well..... teenagers. They are not trained educators. If your child spends more than an hour in the ESS program a day I do not recommend it. Love the school and community. Hate the lack of resources in our CA public schools and the ESS program.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2011
I could not be happier! We love love love Lemon Avenue! The principal is awesome. She is very involved, knows all of the kids and is very fair. The teachers and staff work very hard to get all kids to meet their goals. The PTA is very active and runs many, many events at the school. The PTA also has garden docents, art docents and PE docents. So many active families!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2011
I love Lemon Avenue! My daughter started Kindergarten and loves her teacher and the school. She is doing so well and I love all of the communication and the functions.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
I've heard this is a fantastic school by everyone in my neighborhood. Many of my friends have kids here too, and they all love it.

- submitted by a community member
July 26, 2010
Both of our girls attended Lemon ave, we had 3 different principle in that time and in my opinion the current one is AWESOME, gets right in there with the kids and really LIKES them. The teachers are incredible, talented and caring. Class sizes make their job difficult. The PTA is by far the best I have ever seen, they give and give and give, to help make school a super experience for the kids (they even have a art/ garden/ PE docent program, something most schools do not). Loved our years there!

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2010
The teachers are wonderful, parent involvement is spectacular, and there are many many eents and activities to participate in. My only concern is the principal changes every year, and this year she isn't doing a very good job. Luckily the school is run by the PTA and it's members are consistant.

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August 27, 2009
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August 07, 2009
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September 25, 2008
Lemon Avenue is wonderful. The mom that coordinates the after school clubs is doing a great job, my daughter loves that she can do different clubs every month or so.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
I have 2 children currently @ Lemon ave and it is the best school my children have attended.The teachers are fantastic & so is the principal.I am extremely pleased!

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August 19, 2008
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July 25, 2008
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March 16, 2008
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March 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
I am so thrilled to have my son attend Lemon Ave.It has lived up to it's reputation and more! The parent participation is like none other,and the kids level of confidence and happiness are reflected by that.It means something when your child skips to school and comes home smiling.I can't think of a better school!

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December 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2007
Excellent leadership with the new principal. Overall Lemon Ave is a great school with most of the teaching staff committed to excellence. My kids love the school!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2007
Our child loves going to school...and that pretty much sums it up. The teaching staff is amazing, we are very happy there.

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September 29, 2007
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September 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2007
Very impressed with the award ceremony last Friday this school inspires students with, and extremely impressed with my son's Teacher Mrs. Cress.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2007
Our new principal is a great addition to Lemon Avenue. She jumped right in, spends her lunchtime on the playground with kids, welcomes parents with open arms. The PTA already feels her support and encouragement. This is going to be a great year at Lemon Avenue!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
PTA and New Principal are excellent! Love the school!

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July 16, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 13, 2007
Lemon Avenue Elementary is the quintessential small-town school experience that everyone wants their child to experience. The teachers are exceptional-experienced- hard working/friendly and caring. What a strong team! K-1-2 teachers are extrodinary and lay a strong foundation in reading. One 3rd grade teacher is a dynomite writingteacher and leads sing-a-longs with signlanguage. The 4/5 team really prepares kids for middle school. We are looking forward to our new principal. The former principal had an abrasive personality and was not flexible with parents or teachers- she never really listened or validated concerns. It's sad that she couldn't trust her staff but instead micro-managed. PTA is the heart of the school- their events/activities are kid-centered rooted in tradition/school spirit. The tons of money they raise goes back into the classroom/playground/library. Parent volunteers are appreciated/honored. What can I say, Lemon Avenue is #1 and my two daughters have thrived academically/socially at this wonderful campus!

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2007
About the principal: the current principal is leaving Lemon Avenue at the end of this year, 2006-2007.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2006
I really do not know the principal too well, but in the very few times I spoke to her I felt like she talked down to me. To be fair, I am happy with the school so she must do a good job. I wish that principals and teachers (I am a teacher too) could understand that to them we are just another parent but we trust these people with our precious children everyday. A friendly and helpful attitude can really put a parent at ease. My daughter's new teacher this year is fantastic and I feel involved in her schooling. The PTA and Art Docent program are great. My daughter is flourishing there(socially and academically) and she enjoys going to school. They do need more music!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2006
I agree with the other parent about the principal. The teachers are what make this school.Their passion and enthusiasm is contageous. Parent involvement is excellent & welcome. The PTA is active & helpful. There are not many extracurricular programs,but that is being worked on. Obviously the academics are up to par as the test scores are high. As in all schools there are not many music opportunities other than singing.The art docent program is all the extra art there is other than class projects.Parents and teachers make the difference for a great group of students.The principal has it easy running this group as they are outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2006
i don't have a lot to say except i moved to stay in this school and this dist. i wouldn't want my kidsto go to another school.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2006
My children attended Lemon Avenue for 5 years. Unfortunately, we had to leave right before my son started his 5th grade year. I do not mean to bash the school in any fashion, but I think any future parents should know a few things. First, the principal is extremely unfriendly to most parents and even to most children. It is as if she does not want to be there. This has translated to a negative environment. Despite this, the teachers are great and there is a great deal of parent involvement. More after school clubs would be nice. Not a great deal of art or extras in the curriculum. Principal will be there for one more year, hopefully this will make a positive change for what was once a great school.

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August 18, 2006
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May 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
Lemon Ave is wonderful. A nice campus, terrific teachers at every grade, and the most enthusiastic and encouraged parent participation I have ever encountered. Principal appears a bit ridgid on parent/teacher input, but runs a tight school. Great PTA and volunteer opportunities. Kids seem happy and well adjusted. Academics are superior. Terrific art docent program and extracurricular programs.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2006
Lemon Avenue has been a great school for both of my children; the parents and teachers are the greatest asset.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2006
We've had a very positive experience at this school. The teachers have all been top notch, with great parent participation. A bit of mayberry!

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January 20, 2006
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December 12, 2005
Awesome school! Teachers and staff are great! Parent involvement is extremely high which i believe makes this a safe and excellent school!

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August 26, 2005
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April 13, 2005
High Quality School with Strong Academics. High Level of Parent involvement and wide variety of outside activities.

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September 13, 2004
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August 30, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2004
My daughter just graduated from Lemon Avenue and we will both miss it so much! What a great elementary school experience! Great teachers!

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2004
With the passage of recent bonds, our school will be 'improved' by tearing down original buildings (with character) and replacing them with portables! What is going on with district 'architects'? Is there no long-term projection and belief in quality in construction and design? Coronado Middle School is a shining example of what can be done with a tight budget and tight lot. Also, security and rules have been increased on campus to everyone's dismay. What happened to the sense of community and personal interaction?

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2003
The school is definitely an integral part of a solid community. Both of my kids have experienced only positives -- great teachers, kids, and parents. The students who graduate look back longingly at their pivotal experience there -- very 'Leave it to Beaver,' safe, and fun. Great PTA events, too!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Both my children attended Lemon Ave. and I can't say enough good things about it -- what a tremendous experience it was for our family. Great leadership -- great teachers -- outstanding students -- there is one particular teacher that shines above all that really adds to the first-rate education a child will receive at Lemon Ave. He teaches a 4-5 combo and is just the best!!!

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Lemon Avenue Elementary School
8787 Lemon Avenue, La Mesa, CA  91941
(619) 668-5835
Last modified Lemon Avenue Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lemon Avenue Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top