My son has started the 7th grade here and come home with something positive to say about the campus and teachers each day. The principle, Michelle Krantz and Vice Principle, Jose Malave, are extremely approachable, in fact, they will probably come up to you an introduce themselves first. At the beginning of Summer they hosted a BBQ to the new 7th graders and families, which I thought was a great way to make us comfortable going into our next phase with our son. We were greeted right away by Mrs. Krantz, who later did a 40 minute talk with parents in the MPR. She really connected to everyone in the room, addressed all the concerns I had and with her blunt, witty approach made everyone engaged and comfortable. With my son, who so far is an angel (knock on wood), going into middle school, I had the same concerns about drugs, safety and peer pressure, as many parents do. This school has an anonymous Text A Tip program, which all the kids and parents should know about. Not only that, but the passion from the staff to get parents involved is not typical to that of a middle school. I am extremely relieved to have my son here and I would recommend parents to stay engaged and join the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), which meets once a month and does fundraising for the school as well as has an open floor to issues and improvements that any parents may have. I hope you found my review helpful :)
My daughter is an 8th grader and loves her teachers. She especially loves working with the special Ed students in Mrs. Elvingtons class as a peer tutor. I just went to open house. Her teachers were enthusiastic and seem to love their jobs as teachers. Excited for my son to start in the fall.
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.
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.