This schools reputation is not deserved. There is a large population of military children that stay for a short time and boost the school's test scores. The higher scores are consistent year to year as every year there are new students that came from better schools. Local parents that value their children's education transfer their children to this school expecting great things. Almost immediately it is obvious the high test scores and good reputation are fluff. The class sizes are large. The teachers are hit or miss. Lunch time is a negative experience due to poor time management, overcrowding, and warnings that recess will be taken away. Their funding has been cut. They do not have a school nurse. Communication is poor. Orientation was three weeks into the school year and children were not allowed to attend. This school is right in the middle of a military neighborhood. Military.... That means they do not have grandparents that live nearby to watch the kids. The school completely ignores the needs of the military and local community. Sad.
An open house where children are not welcome. That should tell you a lot about this pretentious, pedantic school. The first and only communication from the school at the start of the 2014-2015 year was a recorded phone call reminding parents that school started at 8am the following day. No class lists were posted until the morning school began. No chance to meet the teachers or look around the school grounds. THREE WEEKS after school started, they scheduled a back to school night for parents to meet their student's teacher and learn about classroom policies. But every flyer, recorded phone call, and note about it make it clear that the night is for parents only and children are not welcome. With a child in 4th, one in kindergarten, and a preschooler at home, we chose to skip it. The 1st parent teacher conferences are scheduled for one week after this back to school open house. The teachers are pedantic and overworked. A math sheet without a single problem wrong came home marked with a 0% and a giant F because apparently a correct answer doesn't count unless commas are in place. Who cares if the problems are solved correctly? NOT THE 4TH GRADE STAFF.
We moved into La Mesa for this school and have been sorely disappointed. Classes are huge (28-31) with one teacher. You will notice the school's issues as soon as you speak with the front office staff...every interaction was with rude ladies who made us feel like an inconvenience. Getting time with a teacher is next to impossible as is trying to communicate with them. The overall attitude is to get the kids through and if you are a parent raising issues you are ignored. There is a high turn over of students due to the military population being here for very short periods of time. Overall I do not at all recommend La Mesa and wish we had been warned before moving in the neighborhood for this school. stints. Overall the issues we expeetienced were
My daughter had a very positive experience at La Mesa for 4th and half of 5th grade due to two superb teachers. Despite large class sizes (over 30 kids) and varying levels of academic background among students, these teachers managed to challenge all children appropriately. The teachers were caring and respectful and provided opportunities for students to do special projects (mission project, book reports, historical and biographical research, dioramas). One of the most exciting opportunities for 5th graders is the week long overnight trip to science camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The science lab program is a hidden gem of La Mesa. The instrument program was a big disappointment, starting in 5th grade and being very weak. The art program thrived due to parent volunteers helping out with the Art Docent program. The PTA does an amazing job trying to recruit volunteers to participate in fundraisers that pull in large amounts of the school's budget (e.g., the At&t Pro-AM). However, communication was lacking, and volunteers pleas were often last minute. This school deserves kudos for evolving in the face of constant student turnover.
The principal should keep in mind that she is no longer a queen bee she used to be and that type of Californian valley girls that come out of her very often is just appalling. At her age and her level she should have gone around other States to see how well behaved educated ladies act and talk. Grow up for crying out loud!
We have been here for over 2 years. If you get a good teacher that cares about education then your ok. However I feel that a lot of the teacher have the mentality that they are kids and they should spend the day playing. I've been told that most teacher plan the curriculum for the day while the kids are on the playground, or at lunch. I have a second grader and they sometimes go all day without writing a sentence. How is that possible? They are on the playground or doing artwork more then they are in the classroom doing work. I'm very concerned that my kids will behind when we move from here.
It is a wonderful school with its teachers and staff personnel . My son is so happy with being a student of this school. Thanks
La mesa is wonderful. I am very happy with my daughter's kindergarten teacher. The parent involvement is also incredible.
The school as well as the teachers and staff are wonderful. The teachers are willing top work with you.The PTA is great. So you have music, art, science lab and PE unlike most of the county. The PTA raises the money so that these extras go to our students. I recommend you get involved. So that LME can keep them. We were there 2 1/2 years and really enjoyed the time at LME. Class sizes are normal for CA and the academics are the best in the county. If your moving to NPS and are going to be in La Mesa Village LME is a great school!!
La Mesa is just an overcrowded school, so much so that I'm not even sure if my daughter's teacher really knew her academic shortfalls or even her name. It was not academically challenging or stimulating enough; for the first time my daughter started vocally expressing how she disliked school, that it was boring, and not fun. We pulled her out and moved her to Stevenson. Big Big Big Difference!
This school is one of the reasons we moved out of La Mesa housing. Teachers are not responsive. The administration supports failing teachers. After moving to PG, my two children really started learning more which highlighted the ineffectiveness of this school. The kids to far more schoolwork in extensive homework packages than they do in class. This is the teachers way of pushing their responsibilities to teach off on the parents. Do not be fooled, this is not a good school.
The best school in the Monterey District. The Principal gets bad reviews, but she works hards and cares for both the teachers and students. Overall the teachers are great, one of my son's teachers is the best I have ever seen. Hate we will be moving soon. There are alot of issues with funding, but because of large amount of retired and transient population, it is very hard to get funding for the schools in this district. Class size is large, but we moved from one the best school districts in VA, and it was not much better. For public schools to work, there needs to be involvement from the community and this schoold does well with what available. I will be happy if our next school is this good.
When you compare La Mesa to the surrounding public schools, it is, quite simply above average... however, if you compare it with the education that you would like your child to have, it falls woefully short. Our son attended La Mesa for kindergarten in 2008-2009 and had a wonderful experience (19 students in his class, superb teacher, PE, art, etc). At the start of his first grade year, however, his class had 36 kids. One teacher... 36 kids... Within a couple of weeks, our child didn't want to go to school anymore... it was "too crazy" as he put it. We volunteered 4-8 hours every week for a month to see what was happening in the classroom -- sheer and utter chaos. During the fall break, we tightened up our financial belt and moved our child to Junipero Serra School in Carmel.
This school is a joke. It is filthy, the cafeteria is run by one lady who heats up the pre-packaged meals and also works the cash register. The meals are very unhealthy. While some of the teachers have great intentions, they lack the funding, supplies and support from the school to accomplish all they want/need to accomplish. Our daughters teacher used to send home weekly newsletters loaded with typos! The only reason this school does not have a lower overall score is because parents are forced to make up at home for what their children get in class. My wife constantly used to say: "With all the homework our daughter brings home, I wonder if they do anything at all in class during the day besides take numerous recesses?" We moved to Carmel Valley after six months just to get our daughter into a better school.
We are ending our 2nd year here at La Mesa. My main complaints about the school regard the overall district's/state's inability to provide a curriculum that challenges my student, too many students per class (which is becoming a trend in CA), and the absence or under-representation of many positions that I feel are necessary in any school. These positions include a school counselor, school nurse, vice principal, GATE instruction, and full-time enrichment programs, not unlike most public schools in this state. What makes this school great is the number of parents who volunteer. We also have a lot of foreign students which makes for unique learning opportunities about others' cultures. The faculty and staff make the most out of their resources and the PTA is generally well-supported. Overall a good choice for this area.
This school is ridiculous! The teachers do not pay attention to the student...My daughters first report card conference was the first time her teachers had ever seen any of her class work! They also trust 10 and 11yr old students to grade their own papers or have the student next to them grade them, this seems like a good idea except the teacher don't collect the work to make sure they are done correctly therefore many students are failing when the parents bring it to the attention of the teachers. Its sad to say but I wish my child was never enrolled in this school and by the time first report cards came home the school year was almost over. When its 'benchmark' test time the teachers cram the students with the info they need just to pass and keep scores up! Do not put your child here
La Mesa Has wonderful teachers but that is where it ends. The PTA works hard to provide art, music, pe and computers. There is a lot of parent but as in most places it is the same few people every time. The PTA board is not full and no one is willing to step up. There might not be a PTA next year so no art, music, pe or computers! As for the Principal all one needs to do is listen to kids or parents outside to know how they feel. The superintendent for the district is making even more drastic changes that will hurt this school even more. The building is out of date and in disrepair in many areas. There is garbage all over the school and it is left there until it blows away or a parent picks it up. Put your child somewhere else!
La Mesa Elementary has been a very large military population due to DLI and NPS. It has been good learning environment for my children. As mentioned by others, this school benefits from active participation of the community that it serves. Parental involvement has been discouraged though during the current school year due to a change in one of the administration positions, which has led to declining morale (voiced by both parents and teachers). This school however, has held its place as one of if not the best in MPUSD. Just make sure that you insert yourself and stay on top of your child's academic progress.
La Mesa is a public school, run like a private school. The teachers are excellent. I've never met a harder working group of teachers. Stay away from the front office, if you can. They are rude, and will make you mad. The principal is new, and has never been a principal before. But, if you want the best education possible for your child, La Mesa school is the best place to be.
We squeezed into a small house here so that our child could go to LaMesa. Looking back, we may have lived in Carmel or PG. This is the only good school in a failing district, which is dealing with severe budget cuts that put a huge strain on the schools. Next year we hear that there will be at least 30 kids/class (even K-3). We may or may not have art, music, PE, and computer (all funded by the PTA).We had a very rough start this year (my kid had three teachers in three months), but things are better now. I had problems with the principal, but now feel that she is doing a good job overall. Teachers are excellent and are doing the best they can given the cuts. Based on next year's outlook, we are moving our child to a private school at Christmas, before things get worse.
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