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K-7
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Murrieta, CA
Students enrolled: 1,014
 

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35185 Briggs Road
Murrieta, CA 92563

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(951) 304-1880
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August 18, 2014
Horrible parking, they need to open more ways to get out. Bad designed! I thought last year parking was bad, but this year parking is worse, please change design. Many parents are so disappointed and upsets!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
Facilities are new, teachers knowledgeable and caring. The Principle and her staff supports the students, teaches and parents.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2013
My child had attended first lisa J, and after problems went to Alta Murrieta elementary. The difference fort Know at Lisa J with a horrible parent student support system. On the other hand Alta Murrieta is an example Lisa J should learn to follow. They love their students and it shows. Parents are there every Friday for assemblies and the teachers are very welcoming toward parents. The front office, what a different in the staff. They are so super friendly so if you are having problems at Lisa J, It looks good I admit that is about all it had going for it.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2013
The parents on here saying there are safety issues and aren't able to "see the inside of a classroom but on open-house night" clearly don't visit the school at all. My two girls have been at Mails for 4 years. After being buzzed into the office, I have my ID checked, I am to sign it, put on a visitor tag and am able to walk into my childs classroom at any given time. In fact, they highly encourage parent involvement and have several safety measures in place at all times. Both the principal and vice principal are very personable and helpful. The staff is very friendly and helpful. They care about all the children and develop strong personal relationships with involved parents. Their arts program and school rating was a motivating factor in choosing my home. I do, however, see more of a focus on testing than actual learning. My girls looooove this school. They have very much liked most of their teachers. To the parent who rated this school low because of safety issues, your kid falling off a swing is NOT a safety issue. To the parent who said you wont see the inside of your kids classroom but on open house night, do you even go to the school?

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
I now have two children at this school. My oldest has been going here since Kinder and is now in second grade. My youngest is in Kinder (their new Kinder program is a work in progress). I love the school and its push to include the arts in all aspects of the curriculum. I haven't had an issue that was outside the norm of public school politics. LJM has an open door policy that has been enforced for me at every opportunity. The Principal knows each child by name. She is out front every morning and most afternoons to greet both students and parents. The same goes for the Assistant Principal. No school is perfect, but my son (who has some special needs) has flourished at this school. The school is clean, the teachers, in general, seem to love the kids and their jobs. Those that don't, seem to find their way to other schools the following year. Coincidence? I think not. They encourage parent involvement and you can tell that family is first with regard to all of the school activities and programs that they offer. Love LJM!

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2012
Good school. Ok teachers for the most part so far. Our family has only been there one year so we have not experienced what others have. Newer campus, large play area for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2012
Academic wise I have no complaints, but some safety issue is one thing that needs to be address. I don't know who's idea it is to do a buddy system during playtime. The kinder kids being paired with the 3rd grader. My child got hurt when pushed too hard on the swing and fell facedown, where is the adult person that should be looking for this kids safety. Why give the responsibility to the 8 year old to watch the younger kid? My husband spoke with the 3rd grader teacher and she at once inform the office about the parent talking to her, not about some concern for safety during playtime. And the office call us at home to tell us that we are supposed to talk to them not to the teacher about our concern. No chain of command there, right? So I told my husband that even the smallest concern lets bring it to the principal since that is what they want! The afterschool class is a joke, i sign my kid before for sign language, a high school kid was teaching it, signing the alphabet and telling the kids the importance of being cool. I got my child out of there and told her that being a good person to everyone is better than trying to be "cool" to fit in.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2012
Lisa J Mails promised to put my son as directed by his Psychologist on the 504 plan. They dragged it out all year so the school can make a perfect grade. This school is about grades over nurturing. They will call a social worker on you if you call them on it. The social worker told me and my husband to work together so the school can't gang up on the individual parent. My son has anorexia. The claim not to have the staffing to watch him during lunch. they have the time to hold him during lunch to make the grading standard. Sound like caring teachers? They did not put him on the 504 plan. They gutted his science project for a perfect grade. What happened to feeling of accomplishment?

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2012
The Kindergarten program at LJM is a big joke. Parent volunteers are hand selected and you can almost guarantee you will never see the inside of your child's classroom unless it is back to school night or open house. Their classrooms are very unfriendly and closed to families. A big sign that this is not an open door policy for volunteers. Not all the teachers are like this but sadly the ones who have family working in their classrooms are causing clicks and favoring some kids over others. There is one teacher in particular who likes to "diagnose " students with mental health issues and cause havoc on the lives of families year after year. Also there is one aid on the playground with 75 4 and 5 year old children. I don't know about you but that is a scary child to adult ratio.. there have been more accidents at this school than I can mention.. broken arms, traumas to the head and even 2 children being hit by cars just outside of the school because it lacks proper sidewalk for crossing and walking safely home. And just in-case your thinking But the Arts.. DON'T BE FOOLED there is nothing left in regard to the arts. I would write more but only allowed so many words per post.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2012
LJM is one of the best schools in our District! From the awesome administration, teachers, staff, volunteers & Watch Dogs, LJM has it all! I am thankful everyday that my kids have both been lucky enough to attend such a wonderful school! The decline in housing hindered this school from getting all the finishing touches it needs as far as roads/ sidewalks are concerned, but those who attend the coffee chat with the Pricipals know that this has been a battle they have not given up on! There may be some teachers that are more challenging than others, but that is common all throughout our district! With all the budget cuts California has had to endure, these teachers at LJM continue to take pay cuts in order to help keep class sizes and focus on the children! LJM is at the top of my list for elementary schools in our area!!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2011
Great school! Professional, caring staff. Students succeed in an arts enriched environment. Huge parental involvement makes for a fantastic turn out for extra curricular activities for students.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2010
As my family starts our 4th year at LJM I am grateful everyday that we began our childrens education at such a fine institution. The language & performing arts focus and integration into the regular curriculum not only motivates kids to succeed but keeps them enjoying school. The after school ENRICHMENT programs are just another great advantage the school has to offer. In an economy where cuts are everywhere it is great that our community will volunteer it's time to give the children something more to develop them as a whole. While I love that the teachers make sure the core subjects are absorbed they also make time to teach our children about the importance of being a rounded individual with knowledge of the sciences, arts, among many others and teaching them a deep sense of pride in their school, their community and themselves. A+ for parent involvement & Admin!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2010
Don't be fooled! Many regular public schools have better quality arts programs. Most of the after school programs are 6 week classes (actually 5 weeks because the 6th week is an end of class party) run by high school kids looking to earn their community service hours. There is no real opportunity to build upon these classes - ex. your child can take 5 weeks of language, but what then? There isn't a second class to build on skills. Choir is just singing - kids aren't learning skills like how to read music like at other schools. No "Meet the Masters" program like other local schools. There are lots of arts and crafts - to the detriment of instructional time. Good teachers but school lacking vision, direction, organization and leadership. Look at similar schools ranking - they are only average. Don't believe the hype!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
I love how caring the teachers are to the students and families

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
I love my colleagues and the people. Working had provides great results.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 15, 2010
The staff is outstanding, Lots of programs for the kids...great library.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 15, 2010
Fabulous school full of caring and wonderful teachers, and exceptional students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Teachers go above and beyond to make sure students are doing their best. The arts are integrated into the standard curriculum. Administrators, teachers, parents, and students are like a family!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
The staff are an amazing group of people dedicated to teaching the whole child. The kids teach us more everyday than we could ever hope to teach them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Caring teachers who go the extra mile to help kids feel successful, not just academically, but personally too. Great parent volunteers and a great support staff.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
Lisa J. Mails Elementary promotes academic achievement with a passion for the arts, coupled with a focus on supporting individual student needs and emphasizing skills essential for success in the 21st century.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 14, 2010
The staff sincerely cares about kids. The parents support education. The students give their best effort. HEART is our motto. The arts are celebrated and practiced in every grade. We teach the whole child, not just the test-takeing part.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2009
LJM is an excellent school where everyone really seems to care about each individual child. They are very involved during scool with music, visual arts, and many other activities you don't find at other schools. They also offer after school programs your child can sign up for like computer club, chess club, sports, drama, singing, and others. I'm a little bummed they only got a 7 rating because I know they deserve at least a 9. They also just built a middle school next to LJM where all the kids can all continue to be together. Awesome school!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Lisa J. Mails Elementary has a school-wide focus on visual and performing arts. The visual and performing arts focus at Lisa J. Mails Elementary School drives the school s mission to offer students extensive and regular experiences in the arts and to enrich the regular academic program through arts integration. This is very rare in the California school system and we all feel fortunate to have such an amazing school for our kids right here in Murrieta.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
Excellent school!!! I have been thoroughly impressed by each and every teacher our children have had so far. The facility is safe, state of the art and high-tech. I can't say enough about the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2009
The small community feel of the school is fabulous. The administration is very responsive to the parents and they welcome you onto the campus. They have an 'it takes a village' mentality and they do very well with letting the parents contribute to the school and their children's educational goals. That being said, there could be some more integration of fine arts in the curriculum. I'm a little disappointed in that this school touts itself as 'arts focused.' The curriculum is a bit weak and not challenging. There are also a lot of petty parental cliques and politics to deal with. While this has nothing really to do with the school itself, it makes for uncomfortable situations and takes some of the joy away from people who truly try to make positive contributions to their classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 31, 2009
I am so happy I moved my little ones from Prep school (Charter) to Lisa J Mails They are happier, their spirit soars and they are enriched daily by their wonderful teacher Ms. Monroe and all the school has to offer...Best Best School EVER!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 06, 2008
Love this scool so much - My twins were in a local charter school for 4 yrs and transferred to LJM - not nly were they accepted graciously by their classmates but the quality of education surpasses my every wish! I love their teacher who has had to bring them up to par in math/science area after coming from a school claiming to excel in these areas and is truly dedicated to each students' success...love LJM can't say enough wonderful things....

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2008
I am so amazed at how wonderful this school is! All the teachers and staff are focused on the goal of teaching the kids in a great enviorment! The kids get so many 'arts' activites daily. From, art class to spanish, music, drama and even dance! The whole school in on either a weekly or daily rotation schedule depnding on your grade. Plus the school offers more afterschool activites and clubs than imaginable, from soccer, dance, art, french, chess and even gardening to say the least. This has been a wonderful place for my kids and I am truly blessed to have such a amazing school in our area.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2008
My daughters are attending LJM for the 2nd year, and the are now in 5th and 7th grades. They are both very happy here. The atmosphere is nurturing and positive, the facilities, staff and parental involvement are all A+++, and children are encouraged to be creative and engaged. We could not be happier!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
This school is phenomenal. Truly like a private school experience in a public school. The arts incorporation and parent involvement are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2008
This has been one of our best years. It has been a great experience, and we are verry excited about next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
Wow, this is an amazing school! I feel as if my son is in a private school. The Principal, teachers and staff put the kids first. They make school a fun place to learn, and offer so many extra curricular activities We left Alamos Elementary in TVUSD, and couldn't be happier about our decision! My son did not like going to school last year, and this year I have seen his attitude about school change 100%. The parent involvment is tremendous also! Keep up the great job!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2008
I think the staff at Mails is outstanding. They seem to really care about the students.

- submitted by a parent
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Lisa J. Mails Elementary School
35185 Briggs Road, Murrieta, CA  92563
(951) 304-1880
Last modified Lisa J. Mails Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-7. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lisa J. Mails Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top