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K-6
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La Mesa, CA
Students enrolled: 648
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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6925 Tower Street
La Mesa, CA 91941

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(619) 668-5800
(619) 668-5805
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August 18, 2014
My son started Kinder at this school and is now in 2nd grade here. The teachers, staff and principal have all been extremely wonderful and caring. With regards to the poster about lunch being too short, my son never comes home hungry. I do pack his lunch and maybe once a week he'll bring home his dessert. He occasionally asks a to eat the lunch served there. We have attended lunch time with him and the time to eat is fine. The curriculum in the classroom is great. They have taught my son things in Kinder & 1st that I don't recall learning until much later. They really push the students to be the best at everything. I'm impressed! When we moved out of district we chose to transfer him back to Rolando. We hope to continue his elementary education with Rolando to the end.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2014
My daughter is moving on to middle school so this is our last year at Rolando. It has been an amazing 7 years filled with creative, encouraging, and kind teachers. The principal and office staff have been amazing in every way. Rolando was just awarded the California Distinguished School award and we couldn't be prouder. Thanks Rolando for a wonderful elementary school experience!!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2014
My son started kindergarten last year and it was a very tough transition and sort of continues to be. He has grown out of some issues and has some lingering issues. He loves to learn, loves to interact, is an only child, has tons of energy... we thought he might be heading toward an IEP direction. Rolando's faculty really came to the table and together we formed an action plan that we continue to follow and this been helping my son without an IEP. I think this school has been incredible, resourceful, open and available for a successful outcome. Going thru the proper channels, meeting really qualified, great folks along the way for the best cause: education! Wonderful PTA, Room Moms and special events too!

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
I strongly recommend Rolando Elementary School. I am very happy with the principal's participation, the teachers and the parents involvement in the student's education. I am very proud to say that my daughter is a student at Rolando Elementary Schoo.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2013
My husband and I are both elementary teachers in San Diego Unified, both our children attend Rolando. This is a wonderful school. The parent participation, the diverse student population, and the engaged school staff have created a positive environment that not only challenges our children to be dedicated learners, but encourages them to be thoughtful, contributing members of society as well. Go peacebuilders! I understand the time constraints in terms of scheduling and curriculum requirements which all schools must balance. Rolando's dedicated staff juggles it all beautifully. If ever we've had concerns, the staff has been open and willing to work with us. This school has such a great vibe, it's the kind of school I'd want to work at myself. Therefore, I'm thrilled to have my children work there! Schools don't get "CA Distinguished School Awards" for nothing--they earned it.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
I love this school, the teachers are great teachers. My daughter has had some difficulties in her learning (problem hasn't been detected) and the teachers have been very supportive, always helping her to have great self-esteem and motivating her. My kids go happy to school everyday. There is a lot of parent participation and have great staff in the office. I totally recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2013
I am a parent of 2 children from this school very happy whit all the staff good teachers very friendly and polite, the only thing is the food and time to eat 20 minutes are not enough to eat for the kids they been having pizza for breakfast and lunch 3 times a week .......

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2013
I have been at Rolando as a parent, volunteer and now staff. I want to let everyone know what an amazing principal we have she is new to us and LMSVSD....Her name is Janelle Schefner (sp) and she is just the best. I love her envolvement,her energy,her drive and how she just fit in lie a missing piece to our wonderful puzzle. Rolando has always been a wonderful amazing school I just see an even brighter future with Janelle Schefner at the HELM!!!!!!

- submitted by a teacher
September 21, 2012
This is to respond to the previous' comment. The parent complained about 20 minutes lunch, complained about minimum Tuesday time, complain about not enough instruction time. These complains are contradictory against each other!! If there was too little lunch time, then the time must go to some other events i.e. instruction, maybe? With regard to not allowing younger kids to ride the bike to school, maybe because the school is concerned for the safety of the child? Each city has its own plus and minus. One can't compare apple with orange. If La Mesa is exactly the same as your previous location, I'd think it is illogical to move here since you'd lose money/effort/time and you gain nothing from moving to the same place then. I am not one for the 2 teachers in the same class, so I can't comment on that. With regard to the food, I agree with you, the cafeteria food is not my favorite so I pack my kid lunch daily, but maybe you can pack some extra snack/fruit for him? There is a saying that I apply and teach my kid every day "when you are given a lemon, make lemonade".

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2012
There isn't enough instruction time. Every tuesday is a minimum day. My son wants to ride his bike, but only 4th grade and up are allowed to. My kids don't have enough time to eat lunch, they get 20 minutes, and that is including waiting in a single file line to get through the register and lunch line. In the end, the lunches are absolute trash. Not enough to fill up a growing kid, and so not edible, absolutely disgusting. I wouldn't feed it to my dogs, seriously. His 3rd grade classroom has a contract with two teachers that teach the class. This is extremely confusing, both for him as a student, and me as a parent. The facility is old. Flies all over the place in the cafeteria due to leaving the doors open because of no air conditioning. We moved from the east coast and were spoiled with our rated 10 public school, that was equal to a great private school. I've searched out charter schools, but those are rated even worse!

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2011
I attended your school in 1950 started Kindergarten I wanted to find out how long your school has been open? I went to your school from 1950 until 1953 when they changed the boundreries and I then went to La Mesa Dale. I have very fond memories of your school. I would love a response regarding the history of this dear old school.

- submitted by a community member
May 19, 2011
I love this school the parents, teachers and staff are so friendly and involved with all of the kids. I would recommend Rolando Elementary to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2010
i remember my 3 years at Rolando .it is my favorite school ever !!!!!!!!!!! it is so sad that i ever had to move.i was there for kindergarden,1st grade and 2nd grade.every single day i think of all my teachers,friends,and after school care program teachers.i miss everyone.i wish i could come back to Rolando.maybe i can visit them some time... P.S.happy holidays!

- submitted by a community member
July 22, 2010
my 4 years at rolando were the most memorable! i transfered from a private school in 2nd grade and i had mrs radenhimer she was a really good teacher but sadly my class was the last she taught she then went to work at the district office :( but the next year was even better!ihad mrs.whitehurst i made really good friends at school! me being a freshmen this year and still emailing my 3rd grade teacher asking her for help on my homework is pretty cool i think! i still have best friends from there and i dont go to the same school as any of them as i moved after 4th grade. the ess program was amazing i hung out with new people and we had so much fun! the summer program is really fun because you go on field trips once a week!

- submitted by a community member
September 15, 2009
Rolando is one of the most excellent public schools I've seen. I am a teacher in a high school, so I have high standards for my son's education. He has been treated with respect, care, and love at Rolando, and has also been held accountable for both learning and behavior. great staff, great administration, great parents and kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 16, 2009
Rolando has been a wonderful school for our daughter. Her teachers have been very encouraging and supportive. The principal, Mr. Magliato does a great job. The school has a great community feel to it and the parent involvement is top-notch.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2009
I have a daughter that graduated from Rolando and two children that still attend. The teachers at Rolando are wonderful. When there is an issue teachers and staff quickly respond. Mr. Magliato (principal) is excellent. The parents are very involved, so when there are functions you feel like you are apart of the community. Enjoy this school very much and glad my children attend.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
My son has been in first grade this year at Rolando and loves going every day. His teacher, Mrs. Thomason, is wonderful. The principal is great. Really good school!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2009
The teachers and principal at Rolando are the best! My child loves going to school every day. It is a close community of parents and the school has a great atmosphere of caring.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
This School has been wonderful for my second grade son, I cannot wait till my younger son is ready for Kinder, which will be next year. The staff and teachers are professional and very warm and friendly. The principal goes beond the call of duity. He is Great. When the pre post from a while back said that the PTA has raised 50,000 dollars on average per year she wasnt kidding. So that means you are going to be hit up every week for what ever fundraiser is going on and sometimes twice a week. So I pick and choose which ones we can do. There are only about 450 students at this school. So do the math. Parents come up with a lot of extra cash. I guess its cool cause its for the Kiddos. Ill keep my views on PTA to my self, POLITICS!

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2008
I am a California public school teacher and I agonized about where to send my own children to school. After looking at all the options we decided to try Rolando for a year - since it is walking distance from home. We have not been disappointed. The school really is a very warm and welcoming community and my daughter has thrived here. She learned to read by the third month of kindergarten! More importantly she loves going to school every day, The school works as a real team so there are no 'good' and 'bad' teachers in each grade, they all work together. The only thing I have not loved about the school is the PTA- they are exceptinally involved, and do SO much for the kids, which is great, but they are also somewhat cliquish and tend to exclude parents who work during the day.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2007
Rolando is a fabulous school with a terrific principal and an amazing staff. The school staff makes learning fun. The kids really thrive with the curriculum that is taught. Rolando is like a giant family with wonderful volunteers who work very hard at making it better every year. I am proud to be a part of such a great community.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
We are new to Rolando this year but have absolutely fell in love with this school. We had very high expectations coming from a private school, but have not been disappointed. We were welcomed by everyone. I think the teachers, staff and principal are phenomenal and believe me I have high standards. I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking into public education for their child. The parent involvement is great, the teachers have an open door policy, as does the principal. I was weary but now I am glad that we made the switch. This school is truly blessed by the students and families that attend there and the staff that work there. And, check out their API scores! Way to go Rolando!!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2007
I have put 2 children thru this school and have nothing but good things to say.Mrs.Lieman is one other best teachers I have ever come across.She takes personal responsibility for each and everyone of her students.The school is close knit,but always welcomeing.My kids were new students,transferring in and it was a smooth move from start to finsih.I have daughter there now and she is sad to leave.That says a lot for the facility and staff.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2007
I am very confident that my son is getting the best education. As a parent of a child just starting on their acdemic career, I know how important these early school years can be. Its the difference between being the kid always a few steps behind or the kid right on, or above on track. Rolando strives to have every child at or above where they need to be. My advice to other 'kinder' parents, or parents just enrolling their child would be to jump in there and get involved. So many other parents are at this school and it makes the difference!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2006
This school has been a big disappointment. Our fithth grader was only there for one year and was very unhappy due to several factors. 1) The other children were not friendly to new comers. 2) The teacher was not very supportive. The rules were often applied unfairly.

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March 12, 2006
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January 29, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
November 04, 2005
This school has been wonderful for all 3 of my daughters. The teachers focus on strong academics but also focus on personal growth. At times the curiculum can be hard but a big payoff in the end. The PTA has reached about 90% parent membership. It is outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
Rolando Elementary is a great school the teaching staff is excellent the principal is in his second year and has aspired to raise the academic standards every year ie... good is not good enough great is where they want to be. As for music and art they are offered and supported by the PTA and parent involvement. The PTA raises and spends about 45 - 50K each year for programs and activities and supplies. Rolando Idol is a fantastic talent show that they have put on and is a definite not to miss. The PTA is strong because of the parent involvment and they are striving for 100% participation.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
Generally very happy with the school. Team-taught classes probably not the greatest when compared to single-teacher. Library is lacking. Music and art instruction is available, but very limited. Parents are pretty involved - good turn out at all events.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2005
Great tight knit school, many exciting extracurricular activities. Good parent involvement. Excellent staff in the ESS (after school care program). Very supportive principal and awesome staff.

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November 09, 2004
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Rolando Elementary School
6925 Tower Street, La Mesa, CA  91941
(619) 668-5800
Last modified Rolando 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.
Rolando Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top