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School leader Mary Donielson
District Bonita Unified

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5200 Wheeler Avenue
La Verne, CA 91750

(909) 971-8209
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4 stars
Based on 35 ratings

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June 06, 2014
My daughter had the privilege to attend this school for the past two years. Oak Mesa is a fantastic school. I can't even begin to explain how wonderful the teachers are. They have a gift for teaching. They are caring, inspiring and make learning so much fun. My daughter has had the opportunity to participate in chorus for the two years she has attending Oak Mesa. The chorus teachers have all been very talented and produce wonderful concerts. My only regret, I wish my daughter could have attended this school during all her elementary years.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
At Oak Mesa not just the teachers but over all staff is very helpful. I really appreciate and salute all the members of the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2013
I personally love this school!! I have yet to meet one teacher that I do not like or respect. They are all hardworking men and women! I find it in poor taste to call a teacher out by name and "trash" talk them. The teacher being targeted in a comment on this page is a wonderful person and very knowledgeable. My child was in her room and I had no problems. Perhaps it's not the teacher that was a problem? Something to think about. I notice that people are so willing to blame the teachers and staff when in fact they may be the issue themselves. For that special person...Good Luck in your new school next year.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2012
Wow, I'm shocked! Be aware of what? The best school in miles with the best teachers and a hard working principle. To answer the last comment posted: -Mad Science club and the chess club were replaced by after school art since parents were not happy about paying for those programs. -The last science fair was put on on 11/17/12 and there will b another one this year! -There was an assembly held, honoring 911 while the kids wore red, white and blue. - The PTA is having trouble finding parents to get involved in the Carnival this year and they have not given up yet. It has nothing to do with the principle. - The Jump Rope for Hope will be on 2/14/13 this school year and the Mayor is already booked! This is only the second year that my daughter goes here and I could not be more pleased with the school in every single way. I personally went in this morning to confirm the negative comments posted and found out that they were either exaggerated or not true at all. I have a feeling this is a personal problem!!! We are lucky to have our kids in Oak Mesa!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2012
Beware! The new principal is trying to cut out the extra programs. Mad Science and Chess Club haven't been here since she has been principal. She cut out the science fair. She is trying to cut the carnival. The last assembly was a disaster...it took longer to get the kids to and from classrooms than it took for the entire assembly. No longer will there be a Jump Rope for Hope. Beware! This school is definitely no longer a 5 star school.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2011
I loved the years we spent at Oak Mesa Elementary with my two youngest children. They have moved on to middle school and high school and are very well prepared for the road ahead. The parent involvement is amazing and welcomed by the teachers and staff. One of my children excelled at Oak Mesa and the other struggled to maintain a B average. But when high standards are expected, most of the children step up and deliver. Thank you Oak Mesa and staff for preparing my children for the tough world ahead of them.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2011
If your child is an average to outstanding student and you don't mind spending hours helping with homework and projects, this is the school for you. However, if your child has any kind of special need, don't bother. Although I live within walking distance of the school, my oldest child has to attend another school in the district because Oak Mesa has no special education program. My younger child is struggling keeping up with the high academic standards, and I've been told there is no money for classroom aides, in spite of the fact that the suggested PTA donation per child is $100! Hopefully the new principal can see past the glory of high API scores to the fact that all the kids who aren't keeping up are transferring to other schools in the district.

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no rating November 03, 2009
The parental involvement is amazing, and such a key element to the students ownership of their education and pride in their achievements. I do worry there is a bit much emphasis on test scores, but overall the quality of the education far exceeds what I think we could get elsewhere. The teachers are dedicated and warm, friendly, and people I just want to be friends with. I couldn't imagine being happier anywhere else.

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- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
Again, as its been said before, this school is like a private school. I feel so blessed that both of my children can attend.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2008
my child excells a lot at oak mesa and i want to thank the staff

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2007
This is a wonderful school with an amazing and dedicated staff. I pulled my kids out of a local area private school because Oak Mesa just surpassed any schools I investigataed. Amazing school and I had 3 kids attend here. My 5th grader leaves after this year and her life will forever be enriched because of her experience at Oak Mesa.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2007
Incredible safe school in a fantastic area. This is a hidden gem! I love La Verne

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2007
This school is like a private school. The parent involvement is very high and the teachers are excellent. I have had two sons go through K - 5 at Oak Mesa and both have received a great education there. This school has the highest API score in the district!

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- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2007
The principal lacks the ability to be impartial, focuses primarily on the needs of a few instead the well-being of all. The principal and the who's who of the school, care mostly about test scores. Academically the site teaches to the test and rarely delves into higher learning. If you have a child with needs do not send them here. This school is located in a middle to upper class neighborhood and unfortunately this seems to have much bearing on how the school is ran.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2006
My daughter has attended Oak Mesa since Kindergarten. She has promoted to 6th grade this year. We were very impressed by the quality of education. She had a first year teacher for 5th grade this year and she was fantastic! This school really is a

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2006
This school is awesome! For the quality of teachers, involment of parents & premium education this should by all accounts be a private school. We are blessed to have Oak Mesa in La Verne!

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- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
Great staff and parent involvement, highly recommended.

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May 03, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 31, 2005
I don't know that I agree with the reviews. School appears to be overrated and it's a real who's who amoung parents. Focus is lost on the fact that it's a grade school for kids. My kid is now going to go to La Verne Heights Elementry.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2005
Awesome school with very high standards and exceptional students. Strong family type bond between teachers and students. Excellent school and exceptional staff.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2005
this school exceeds expectations on every level!I have 3 kids who have attended both private schools and public schools and the dedication, atmosphere and quality of this school and area is the best I have ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2004
With three children attending Oak Mesa it has been a wonderful experiene. The teaching staff is superb and dedicated to the children beyond expectations. The parents work well with the teachers and students and give them opportunities not provided by the school for extracurricular activites. The only complaint can be in the form of the new principal who is more conscious of of individual parents and wants. She has a tendency to overlook the overall good of the students and school while catering to these few. All of the children are getting a super education in spite of this and cudos belong to the entire teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2004
My husband and I researched the schools extensively since we have 3 kids in grades k-7th and 2 of my children are at Oak Mesa currently. I cannot say enough about how wonderful this place is. The teachers are incredible and even the parents are so kind and helpful to one another. My kids love this school and regret having to leave after 5th grade. My only complaint is that I wish it was up to 8th grade! I am extremely impressed with the quality of education, the dedication of the teachers and the safety precautions they have in place. I feel my children are blessed to be at such a place and we won't relocate from here for this one reason alone.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2004
Oak Mesa is wonderful and the teachers seem very committed and interested in the chilren. All three of my children attended this school, with my youngest still there in 1st grade. I am very impressed with the quality and integrity but believe more could be done in the way of extracurricular opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2003
Oak Mesa has given my children wonderful and meaningful learning experiences during their elementary school years. My kids love going to school everyday and I attribute that to the great teachers they have had at Oak Mesa. The teachers are fantastic and go way beyond what's expected for their students! The staff is hard working, dedicated and truly concerned about their students individual, social and academic needs. However,the new principal does not seem to be very supportive of her teaching staff and tends to bow to the demands of certain parents instead of supporting what is best for the general student population. The principal needs to consider all students and make school decisions based within the public school framework to which she was hired. The teachers are wonderful and the students are getting a great education, however the administration could use some adjusting.

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Oak Mesa Elementary School
5200 Wheeler Avenue, La Verne, CA  91750
(909) 971-8209
Last modified Oak Mesa Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Oak Mesa Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top