mesita is very well known for extraordinary parent involvment, but we definately need more involvemt day by day and of course new faces would be wonderful too. Academic is top notch!
We moved our student to Mesita from a private school because it is down the street from our house and my husband and I had heard great things about the dual language curriculum. My daughter tested into the dual language program, but her private speech therapist recommended that we keep her in an english-only program for one more year while she overcame her stuttering issues. She was placed in a english only classroom for 1st grade and was going to be pulled out for an hour a day for enrichment. My daughter had anxiety attacks in the lunchroom and nobody offered her assistance. When I was told that I could not stop in to have lunch with her, red flags went up! I could go on and on...
Mesita Elementary is Awesome! I love it. I have 2 children that attend Mesita and they love it. Staff encourages parent involvement, and there are numerous activities to be involved in or support. I enjoy being a parent Mustang!
I love the school it has a kid friendly enviroment and has various good teachers. The gifted and talented program only adds more spice to the great things the school can offer. From its musical programs to its fitness programs everything is to the max level of kid friendly enviroment. It also still helps maintain the kids morals because of the respect and responsibility material the school counselor distributes to the children.
I hate that my children must attend this public school! There are good and bad teachers in the mix, so it's pretty much hit or miss from one year to the next. Discipline is definitely a problem with consequences for misbehavior being wishy-washy and slow at coming. Valuable teaching/learning time is robbed because of this reason in many classrooms, if you have the misfortune of ending up in one of the inadequate teacher's classes. The pricipal (L.F.) is not only unfriendly, but down right hostile to parents. The assistant principal (M.W.) is no better. The office staff is the rudest bunch of sour-faced women I have ever had the misfortune to have to deal with. There are actually signs posted in various places throughout the school telling parents to stay away/out. Campus is open and unsafe. Bright spots here are the caring counselor, music staff, art teacher, and science teachers.
The 'Connecting Worlds Program' is absolutely fabulous! My son has top grade teachers, access to resources he wouldn't normally have, he's educated with students he 'fits in' with, and is fluent in reading, writing, and speaking spanish in just two years. He is actually excited about the projects he does because he finally feels challenged. HIGHLY recommend this program to any parent of a gifted student.
My son attended kindergarten and 2nd grade at this school and both teachers allowed the parents to be very involved with my son's academic programs. They also actively took an interest in my son's outside activities such as his acting and karate classes. I saw my son blossom under their tutelage and their interest in my son was genuine. We moved to California in the middle of the school year and my son was so far ahead of his fellow students at his new school it was like he was having a refresher course.
I pulled my daughter out of a private school and put her into Mesita. She had to catch up to the class at first, she has been there for over a year and is excelling! I couldn't be more pleased with the education she has received and wish I had saved my money with the private school and started with Mesita at the start!
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