I'm so impressed by this school and its wonderful teachers and staff. My son is thriving at La Mesa and enjoys going to school each day. He regularly comes home talking about his beloved English teacher, Mr. Strauss, a man who can really connect with his students and make English class interesting. The band director, Mr. Stephan, is TOP NOTCH. I have never attended a junior high school band concert that deserved a standing ovation until now. This school really has a lot to offer and we're always well informed about upcoming events and grade status.
So far so good! My older son loves La Mesa & the team he is on for 7th grade (QUEST) is outstanding! My son was struggling with the first unit in math & his teacher worked with him during brunch to help improve his grade. ALL the teachers we have been in contact with have been very supportive & willing to go the extra step to make sure my son has success (every email/phone call has been returned). The PE program is outstanding & love that they compete with the other JHS in the SCV for cross country & track (my son was lucky enough to compete last fall). My other son is looking forward to attending La Mesa next year because of all the wonderful things he has heard from my son & his friends about their experiences at La Mesa. My only concern is my son going to GVHS under the current principal & administration there, the Principal & current administration @ GVHS have been known to be apathetic & weak in their leadership. Students deserve better at GVHS then a stagnant school, the Hart District needs to make a change for positive student growth (instead of being the districts doormat or joke, "Ghetto Valley" is the nickname that other teachers at other schools refer to GHVS as).
This is one of the worst schools my son has EVER attended! The chaos between the inconsistency of the teachers, homework, grading policies, homework policies along with other issues. The large amount of papers that maybe a teacher will grade, maybe not, that the teachers might record, or they miss, the homework website that they all say they do daily but then a month into the semester, they don't, or can't keep up with, is the craziest thing I have ever seen! My son has been doing homework from one class for the last 9 hours. The teachers blame the students although my father which is a college graduate along with my husband, which is also a college graduate, my mother and myself work daily as a team to figure out what teacher puts or doesn't put homework up on the website then checking Interactive Notebooks, which is a WASTE OF TIME book they TAPE EVERY paper ever done into. That might or might not be graded to then get a grade for taping the homework in! Not to mention the packets of work, that don't belong with everything in the Interactive Notebook, that might or might not have a stamp or check mark (depending on the teacher). These children are set up by this school to FAIL!
Well im in 8th an im having fun . Im in the Brainics team and it's hard but if you study and pay attention it becomes easy. Mr. Galarza my science teacher is super tough but it's because he wants the best for us kids. Mr. Shulman is really funny and Mr. Suarez my pe teacher is nice. Pe can be tough but if you try and don't cheat yourself you'll do good. You run a lot but you get use to it. I started with a 9:33 mile and know im at a 7:40. So i like this school and i hope you do to.
la mesa is a Wonderful school.. im going into my 8th grade year and i cant wait all of my teachers were awsome mrs. savage was my math teacher and her doors were open every day for extra help and my elective teacher mrs.Debeekah was also a very fun and loving teacher.. i might not be able to do PE this year so im goin to try to get in her elective class again:)
Its an awful school. The teachers lack a lot in their ability to succsesfully eduacate children. The teachers seem to have no motivation, or care about their students. My child worst teacher A 8th grade math teacher "Rebecca Brammer". My child always came home and toled my of how depressed she seems, and that she really never smiles. Other teachers were somewhat of the same way.
This is a good public junior high school. The drop-off and pick -up is not the best but is ok.
I was not happy with my childs experience here and I am a very involved parent. Some teachers are so mean but nothing can be done. Over crowding makes a teachers job difficult and not all parents participate. We are seeking private education or the charter schools now. It is terrible what is happening to the schools out here.
I had some very good times at this school and also some very bad times, and I miss the school very much. The teachers were just amazing, they all took great pride in teaching. The band was very dedicated. The P.E. program is incredibly well-rounded. The campus is simple and you can quickly get used to it. The library is BEYOND AMAZING, very nice people running it, nice and spacious, a lot of nice literature, nicely organized. The only thing that I can really complain about is the bullying. There is a lot of bullying at this school. It isn't always apparent but it occurs. I don't blame the administration. The traffic in the morning is a minor problem, the drop-off area is much too small. There were a few fights, a few drug problems, and some pretty bad kids, but if you leave them alone and hang with the right people, you should be fine. Overall I had a pretty nice experience at this school, learned a lot, and made good friends. The staff is very helpful and they TRULY care, trust me. It has its rough moments, but I believe that's normal.
I am in ASB leadership class! i luv it! i luv this school! (even though the councilers dont need to be in my buisness) but i have a lot of fun! i reccomend ur child to go here!!! :)
I didn't really like this school, I don't miss it a lot. The teachers weren't amazing, the curriculum was below average, the PE program was .... terrible. The students are not encouraged to be kind or respectful, and the principal doesn't do a good job of overseeing the school.
I HAVE BEEN A PARENT AT LA MESA FOR THE PAST 4 YEARS AND I CAN NOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THE PRINCIPAL, VICE PRINCIPALS AND OFFICE STAFF!!! THEY ARE THE BEST. MY CHILD STRUGGLES IN MATH AND I AM SO PLEASED TO HAVE SUCH AN EXCELLENT MATH TEACHER THAT OFFERS EXTRA HELP!! I WOULD NOT HAVE GONE TO ANY OTHER SCHOOL IN THE DISTRICT!!!! THANK YOU LA MESA!!
When I went to this school, I made it into Algebra1 in 7th grade and expected myself to fail because you have to have a B+ to pass. The teachers in my team were sooo good i got over 100% in each class [including Algebra 101.8%!]. I was amazed with my accomplishments and loved this school so much. I recommend this school to anyone. This year, it's full of amazing and nice people. The school has strict rules against many things and some, a little unreasonable but it's okay because you will absolutely love this school. The teachers teach amazingly well too. Don't be afraid to enroll your children here.
This is an unsatisfactory school. The ASB is especially poor, and the students do not to get to vote on much. There are no ASB officers, and the teacher quality is below average. The traffic in the mornings and afternoons are also terrible. The curriculum is very behind and the state test scores were also very low. Only 16 points above average, whereas other schools in this district reached the 890s. The dress code is also not very strongly enforced, there is a lot of language and fights that go unnoticed. The activities and dances are also unorganized. Also, teachers don't try to motivate the students to do their best here. The PE program is also unsatisfactory. Many of the teachers are rude and behave just as badly as the students.The only thing that saved this review from getting only one star was the decent quality band.
i loved this school; and when i moved i missed it sooooo much; and the taechers there teach really good; in my new school their behind ; lamesa is one of the best school i've evr been to
well the kids dont want to learn and some teachers dont tech or enforce rules in their classroom but some teachers are really cool and just make learning fun
I love this school. I wake up every morning and I just cant wait to get to school. It has amazing teachers and staff, perfect atmosphere, and the best class of '09 baby! Bottom line: this school is the bomb!
I loved this school, it was the best. I am in eighth grade and my teachers taught me a lot and prepared me for my journey into highschool. The principal is beyond amazing. I used to go to Sierra Vista, but I LOVE La Mesa.
I had a daughter who went to this school 2 years and graduated with very good grades 2008. Though she didn't do well in her first year due to the fact she didn't turn in her work not because of the teachers. I myself communicated with each of her teachers on a daily basis. The teachers have expectations because they are getting the kids ready for High School, If a patent cant work with the Staff to convince the student to do well then any of these students will fail. I have personaly worked through behavior problems and this staff with my child in this school and won in the end with 99.9% improvement in grades. It is true that the Music Program is 100% excelent this band 2008 had 2-4 students in the Honors Band 2008 and the teacher is commited 100%.
Hear me out. 99.9% of them are all from lazy students who do not know what they are doing. The band program is amazing! If your a good person and do what your supposed to do you'll be fine. LA Mesa has fewbullying problems. The only people who get bullied are people who ask for it. They are rude,pompous, and just plain jerks. La mesa is a great school. As a 7th grader I must say. Just do what your supposed to do and you'll be fine. As for the teachers,all of the teachers I've had are pretty cool. They only seem mean when you are rude or don't do your work. Which is understandable. The teachers have over 100 students. They help you if you ask for it. They cannot look over everyone at the same time. Its time to grow up kids. its not preschool anymore.
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