"We are best known for high academics & enrichment."
Students enrolled 812
Hours 9:00 am - 3:35 pm
School leader Mary Beason
Transportation options Yes
District La Mesa-Spring Valley School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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9009 Park Plaza Drive
La Mesa, CA 91942

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(619) 668-5810
(619) 668-5779
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4 stars
Based on 37 ratings

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February 13, 2014
I'm definitely not impressed with this school. Is it the lack of funding and teacher pride that has made education go downhill? Don't get me wrong, there are a few outstanding teachers here, yet there are a few that I was forced to have a personal meeting with. I grew up in the Midwest, which may impact my perception of educational quality. In one of my sons classes, they no longer follow along to the text book issued as the state supposedly changed the curriculum, skipping some important steps, little homework leading to less repetition, increasing the margin of failure. 25% classwork/homework and 75% test weight (algebra) is quite inappropriate when the lack of repetition in the curriculum. Another class, Language Arts has a faculty member that is very strict and unapproachable and leaving the children not asking for assistance. One more issue that I have is the dress code needs to be enforced better. I will not expect school life to be any better as my son moves onto high school.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2011
My son had Mrs.Hjalmerson last year & she was wonderful. She always encouraged him & she has an extensive art backround which enhanced his English experience. She's AWESOME!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2011
The school is o.k. but there is one teacher who is very mean to the students, Mrs. Hjalmerson. Every student i know,who has this teacher is sad that they have her as a teacher. Also the parents don't seem to like her either

- submitted by a community member
May 26, 2011
This school is awesome I met the love of my life there! But overall it's amazing Parkway just turned 50! Woohoo!!! Bit yeah great teachers, they give amazing help!

- submitted by a community member
April 05, 2011
My son was at Parkway 6th through 8th grade, and my daughter is now in her second year at Parkway. Overall, we have been very happy. There are many exceptional teachers that do a great job. Unfortunately, there are also some that are just adequate. We did have some issues with bullying but the vice principal and counselors were responsive and it was resolved quickly. Any concerns that I raised to the principal, vice principal, counselor or teachers was addressed promptly and satisfactorily. Sadly, the budget cuts have hurt Parkway as well as all the schools in the district.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2011
The bullying just seems to continue on a daily basis. My niece reports it to her counselor and nothing NOTHING is being done about it. Our own president recently had a forum on bullying so why isnt anything being done to correct it. How do they expect our children to learn when they are treated like this everyday. These students are in the same classroom and the school wont change any schedules. Also if your student is in the last lunch period, the school runs out of food. This has happened more than once.

- submitted by a community member
October 20, 2010
Since last year, the quality of band has gone down 200% thanks to the unqualified new conductor. The yearbook class let all kinds of honor students in, yet they don't take the best (student of the year). The seventh grade teachers give no warning as to how difficult eighth grade is. The PE program is horrible because there are only three or four coaches trying to supervise a HUGE field, and they don't even supervise. As a student, the only class I enjoy at the moment is history because I have a teacher who explains everything clearly and makes it so we understand the subject. I'm struggling in everything else due to disruptive students and poor quality of the ways the teachers teach. I entered eighth grade totally unprepared for how hard it was.

- submitted by a community member
November 18, 2009
Excellent academic preparation as well as ppromoting character education.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 03, 2009
We are very happy with Parkway Middle School because the teachers really listen to the parents when there is a concern, they always call me back or email me within 24 hours and our counselor Shannon Johnson is wonderful! My son feels very comfortable seeking her out for help and to talk to when he's feeling overwhelmed and she really cares.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Mr. Mollenkopf, the band teacher, has a great program. It's about the only thing about the school we like. The P.E. program is excellent, but try telling the kids that. Academically the place is a mess. The 'House' system guarantees that a student won't have access to the best and most appropriate teachers for that students needs, because sticking with 'house' teachers is more important than student learning outcomes. The principal and counselors are completely disinterested in anything that doesn't involve the dress code or bullying. At least there's no bullying from other students!! I can't say as much for the treatment that parents receive.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 30, 2009
My daughter attended Parkway for all of the sixth grade. The school was clean and orderly from all appearances. It came to my attention on orientation day that there were 35 students in my daughters math class. Despite assurances that this would be corrected- by years end there were 39 students. Mr Chase had only 45 minutes to spend with these children each day. Poor judgement by the administration led to willfull overadmittance of students. The school is paid per student. . .you figure it out. My daughter struggled all thru 6th grade math despite two separate tutors and daily parental support. I am anxious to see how student population is affected given the layoffs of 09 in the coming school year.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2009
I was a student at Parkway (2007). It was an amazing school, both because of the faculty and the students. The science classes were always engaging and informational; English was never dull and I learned art history; PE was always fun (this coming from a person who ran a 15-min. mile!); the houses made for amazing friendships (water)! Music was definitely my favorite- Mr. Mollenkopf was funny and a friend, yet still managed to teach a group of pre-teens how to make beautiful music. I moved after I graduated and with my near-perfect grades (valedictorian!) I was accepted to an amazing high school specialized in the medical field, all AP and Honors classes, and the highest level of band possible (Check it out- Health Careers HS in San Antonio). The classes at PKMS prepared me indefinitely and I recommend this school to anyone who wants to have a great 3 years!

- submitted by a student
July 08, 2009
We have a completely opposite experience (comparing to the previous review). Our son's elementary school teachers always complained about his behavior. But in Parkway Middle his behavior grades are always outstanding and good. I believe it is because the teachers are really good, they keep kids interested. My son's academic grades were always high in elementary and remained at that level in Parkway Middle. I like how much they have to write for Language Arts class and it is great that the school has different math levels. Web grades are very convenient. You can also e-mail teachers and they always reply fast. I would recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2009
My son attended PMS in the 6th grade. He attended a top rate elementary school in the LMSV School District where he was an exceptional student. During the one year at Parkway, his grades went downhill and his behavior soon followed. The teachers and administration did not seem to care and did not support my efforts to get involved and figure out what and where things went wrong. The teachers were stressed out and treated the kids like cattle moving through that classrooms by the hour. I transfered my son to another school and both the teachers and administration immediately worked with me and my son to resolve issues. I am happy to report that he is back on tract and moving on to high school with honors. I would not recommend Parkway!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 01, 2009
Most of the teachers have displayed professionalism and a true caring for their students; however, the administration is lacking in those same attributes.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2009
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January 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2008
We have had a great experience so far. My son entered 6th grade, so we were a bit nervous. He is in Earth House. The teachers are great, and I particularly love the web grades, where you can go on-line and view their progress. The teachers have been very responsive with my questions. The campus is very clean and well laid out.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
Awesome school :D People respect others....Not much bullying(There is at every school o.o) and a positive attitude everywhere! The teachers don't scold you and actually help unlike some other teachers. It also has many events. Again, this is a great school

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2008
Our son just started at Parkway this year. I've heard all of the 'stuff' about once your child gets to middle school, the teachers don't want parental involvement, etc. This is just not the case at this school. They not only want parent volunteers, they encourage it and ask for participation at every turn. The school 'house' system (school is divided into four campus' each with it's own set of teachers, a counselor, etc.), makes the learning more intimate and the teachers coordinate on projects and homework, so the kids feel less overwhelmed. It seems that if your child is motivated, they can finish a lot of their homework in class. New fitness facility with rock wall and other equipment. Web grades. Parent/teacher mixers. Very happy staff. Nice kids. Thus far, a very positive experience for our son and us.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2008
I love the web grades and being able to look up what's going on on-line. Each time I've e-mailed one of my son's teachers, they get back to me quickly.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2008
The web grade postings this school offers has been a fantastic tool! We are able to keep up with what our child is doing, as well as how he is doing at all times. WE are able to communiate better with our child about his homework and daily activities. Also, the clubs offered to the children are fantastic. My child is in a different club daily and meets with each weekly. It has been a fantastic outlet for him, a wonderful learning tool, and a way to make friends. The teachers really care about the children and are not there just to collect a paycheck. All of this has resulted in an honor roll child for the first time ever!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 18, 2007
I was a new comer to parkway and i love it so far. All the teachers are great and they respect the students. They dont usually give to much homework and they let you work on your homework in class.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2007
My child is new in the Fire House. I cannot tell you enough how this school has helped my child's self esteem greatly. my child loves her teachers, and the principal. Very fair professionals who truly care about their students. My child loved camp so much -- wanted to go again!! I am very pleased with this school. This school is very fair and impartial.

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September 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 21, 2007
Parkway is a great school! There are so many activities, clubs, fun, and don't forget learning! I suggest coming here definetly!

- submitted by a student
June 20, 2007
Just completed year two at PKMS and I have another child starting next year. I think the kids are way too unruly at the assemblies and I think that the academic awards are great but I think special recognition should be place on 4.0 and better and that the principal should attend these assemblies. Mr. Mollenkopf is great. He works really well with band kids. The after/before school activities are there is you look for them. Ms. Van Cotthem in Math is really tough and gives way too much homework but I hope it prepares the kids for high school and beyond. I'm really happy with PKMS

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 16, 2007
I am an 8th grader at Parkway and love it! It is a great school and by far the best in the district. Of corse it has a few bad kids that cause some trouble but the teachers are great and Earth house is the best!

- submitted by a student
November 18, 2006
I'm currently a 7th grader.Pakway is a great school! Though some of the teachers need to tone it down a little! I think this is the best school I've been in so far. It definitely prepares you for high school! Come to this school it rox! -student

- submitted by a student
June 16, 2006
My Son attended Parkway for 8th Grade only.I was impressed with the instructors. He was in Gate Program. The Math teacher Mrs. Van Cottham was very strict and did provide a lot of homework but I think it did well to prepare my son for high school. The science teacher Mr. Frey was a scientist prior to becoming a teacher and was an excellent influence on my child. I was not happy with the lack of after school activities, although this is not particular to Parkway. I think it may be more related to the La Mesa Spring Valley school district itself. I beleive parents are involved as they want to be at any school. I think the PTA is strong at Parkway, the school newsletter does a great job of keeping parents informed and offering parent education classes to help with teens.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2006
Overall I think PKMS is a good school. The teachers are pretty good. They are very good with e-mail and keep me updated on my son's grades and behavior.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2006
PMS does a good job keeping parents informed about school activities, both the positive and the negative. The school is very proactive in regards to keeping students safe. The teachers my daughter has had all welcome parent feedback and have responded quickly to all inquiries. The PMS website to access grades and student progress is great. I wish all elective teachers posted grades.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2005
The teachers at pkms are wonderful and they make sure the students understand before they move on.

- submitted by a former student
August 27, 2005
This school is okay, could use more discipline and more caring by the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2005
It was an all right school.

- submitted by a former student
April 03, 2005
Parkway is a good Middle School and has classes that will prepare students for high school. Fire house has an outstanding History and Math teachers that really excite students about the subjects Science for 6th and 7th is very lacking with not much student connection or spark in lessons. Homework amount in classes can vary alot from day to day and subject. It would be better if house teachers had more coordination with assignments and projects. Overall Parkway is an above average middle school

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2005
My son went to 8th grade at Parkway last year. It is probably the best middle school in the district, and seems to be pretty well run. My son was in the 'Wind' house, and we liked his math and History teacher, but were less pleased with his English teacher. But the standard of all still seemed much higher than other middle schools. Real education does seem to go on there. Unfortunately, as seems to be the case in most schools these days, the teachers lack the authority to properly discipline the kids, and my son, who had previously been to a Christian school was shocked by the foul language and general disruptiveness of the other students. Since this seems to be a general failing of our society, the blame probably can't be laid at the school only.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2005
I am currently an 8th grader at Parkway. I like Parkway a lot, but I have a lot of troubles with some of the teachers. I also think Parkway needs to get better substitutes. Math subs who actaully KNOW math, and ones who dont eat food in front of us and tell us how we can't eat. And we need to bring in more sports.

- submitted by a student
January 05, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 23, 2004
I would just like to say that I think Mrs. Mirick goes to hard on them with their punishments. But other wise it is a good school. My daughters are trying to get their grades and citezineship up, but I think that the teachers just won't let them.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
I am currently an eighth grader at PKMS, and I love my school! I'm well known thru my school, and I get great grades. I work very hard to understand the best that I can and strive to do my best. My opinion is that some teachers need to be more hands-on, and learn how to explain things in more than one way. I also enjoy Builders Club, which is great for meeting new people, and learning how to take charge. I can't wait to get out of PKMS, but I will always cherish the memories and friends that I made there.

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August 12, 2003
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Parkway Middle School
9009 Park Plaza Drive, La Mesa, CA  91942
(619) 668-5810
Last modified Parkway Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Parkway Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top