School Details

La Mesa Middle School

4200 Parks Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91941
(619) 668-5730
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 697 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • La Mesa-Spring Valley School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • La Mesa-Spring Valley School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

La Mesa Middle School is a public middle school in La Mesa. The principal of La Mesa Middle School is Beth Thomas, whose e-mail is beth.thomas@lmsvsd.k12.ca.us. 697 students attend La Mesa Middle School and identify primarily as Multiracial, Unspecified, and Asian. 10% of the La Mesa Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 60% of the 697 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at La Mesa Middle School is 18:1. St. Martin Of Tours Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% %
Unspecified 7% 14%
Asian 5% 2%
Hispanic 44% 36%
White, non-Hispanic 26% 34%
Filipino 2% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 15% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Pacific Islander 0.5% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 12303%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60% 52%
Limited English proficiency 10% 22%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I am giving one star only because negative values are unavailable. Last year I thought this was a good school. This year the administration is unable or more shockingly unwilling to deal with the bullies that are attacking my son and his friends at school. The Principal Dean of Students and Counselor seem to be unconcerned about the well-being of my son. I do not know whether my next step will be the Superintendent or a lawyer.

  • (1 year ago)

    Best School On Living Earth. Amazing honor and noble role parties. Game rooms and Events like Evening Of The Stars and Evening Of The Arts. Lots of electives and clubs to choose from. LMMS IS THE BEST. (

  • (2 years ago)

    I have two sons...my oldest has already went through LMMS....I love this school...starting with the principal. Beth Thomas she is amazing she loves the students and the school. I have the utmost respect for her. Bonnie Hayman is just amazing she goes above and beyond. I am excited for my youngest to attend I want to get more involved with this school and the staff. I love when schools have such a great close community feel....My oldest son is doing great at Helix and I owe part of this to Rolando teachers and LMMS teachers....love these two school and would suggest them to everyone.

  • (3 years ago)

    i just promoted from LMMS this summer and i have to say i prity much hated it there i had some great experiences and have met some great people and i don't regret it but i feel if i went to a different school i would have gotten a better education. some teachers were great good and some even fun but most had none of the above and bearly teach you a thing and have no good teaching strategys. and the principal taking time away with endless announcements and incredible boring assemblies that make you wish you were in class.

  • (4 years ago)

    I would suggest to go else where. This school use to be very school spirited back in the late 90's but going to the school through the mid 2000's it seemed like it lacked Teachers that really cared about its students. The p.e teachers really need to step it up and show respect to students at times.. I remember asking to sit in the shade due to health issues I had as well as being in 100 degree weather towards the summer you would think the pe staff would let the students go in the shade.. but no! I felt that alot of the Pe teachers were very loose on bad behaivior. The majority of the teachers were ok but not extraordinary lacks a spark that I use to get from great teachers ive had in the past. The lunches were not great either seemed like alot of the free to reduced lunch was sitting around for days and options to buy lunch form the other line were too expensive. I stuggled with math in high school mostly because I had a teacher that only played disney and hollywood movies sure back then it was cool to see that a teacher would do that but when you get older you see that you did not learn a thing...

  • (4 years ago)

    No leadership from the Principal (Beth Thomas) who apparently has little respect for her students or teachers as she frequently interrupts class and drones on endlessly during announcements. Events don't start on time and sometimes seem chaotic. Teachers that refuse to use the internet or email even when offered help. New band instructor can't hold a candle to his predecessor and the band's performance reflects it. I think a leadership change would go a long way towards improving things and motivating the teachers that do care.

  • (4 years ago)

    I was a 6th grader at lmms and i would NEVER recommend it. EVER. I was on the honor role every quarter and am a nice kid so i don't have any revenge issues. This is just my experience but i know many other kids who feel the same. my teachers spend most of their time playing on the computer yelling at the bad kids and eating junk food in front of us as "punishment". the hallway passing time is full of cussing and fights and they would call me white girl all the time. it's not a good learning environment overall. i'm not even good in math but i got an A and i don't think they are challenging enough. i will be going to a new school next year because my mom thinks LMMS needs to change and the budget cuts will make the teachers even worse.a

  • (4 years ago)

    LMMS use to be a great school...I use the term use to. The new principle(Beth Thomas) was a bad fit not only for the students but for the parents and parent volunteers as well. She needs to be replaced for the school to get back on track...as long as she is there I would find a school elsewhere!

  • (4 years ago)

    i went to la mesa middle when i was in the 6th grade.i wished i never went there; because of them i had to repeat the 6th grade when i moved because they lost all of my paper work. if you child goes here or wants to go here talk them out of it cause this school is the wrong choice!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    The spirit assemblys are absaloutly terrible and the children swear so much you can hardly tell they are children at all!!! some rules are very unecassary such as friday night school for giving a hug. wow!!!! Also i dont believe kids are punished enough for things that actually deserve punishment like talking back numerous times to the teacher- lying-graffiti-swearing towards other students-sexual remarks-racial jokes-harassment to 'special' students(kicking punching names)-etc.. the school also has terrible dress code rules!!! i understand no 'spaggeti'strap tank tops but no tank tops whatsoever!!!!even on blistering hot days in sandiego! the school has so many more issues and the only thing stopping me from giving a one(or zero if it were possible) is the teachers! i love the teachers!

  • (5 years ago)

    im an eighth grader at LMMS and the principle ruined it. the spirit rallies are horrible and the rules are unfair. however (as frustrateing as they can be) the teachers are mostly great and really care but the science classes are great and the lebs rock but i am looking forward to going to a christian high school because the students curse and make rasict comments.

  • (5 years ago)

    I really don't like this school at all! I have been going there since 6th grade and i am now an 8th grader. The principal makes ridiculous rules. Also the kids are very mean and they swear ALOT!!! If you are looking for a school for your child to attend to DON'T attend LMMS! (La Mesa Middle School)

  • (5 years ago)

    The band and orchestra are incredible and we are so lucky to have an excellent music program. Mr. Dyke the music director teaches students from local elementary schools how to play the recorder in 4th grade. In 5th grade they choose a band or orchestra instrument. Most of the kids wind up going to La Mesa Middle and joining the band or orchestra. He teaches 4 bands and an orchestra and the quality is top notch. Most of the students go to Helix High School and move on to a tradition of another high quality music program. We are very fortunate here at La Mesa Middle School we are also the only middle school in Spring/Valley School District with an orchestra.

  • (5 years ago)

    I used to attend La Mesa Middle and the teachers are fantastic. They really involve themselves with students education wise. The school overall Im afraid is far below the teachers. In other words its below average. The principal Beth Thomas creates an environment where the students are not permitted to have fun or 'be kids' the right way. Before Thomas became the principal there was many fun organized events that got the students involved and had tons of fun at school but now there is poorly planned events that rarely take place because fundraising is too much of an hassle. For an example spirit assembles were something that the entire school looked forward to but now it is dreaded. If you want your child to enjoy their middle school experience like every child deserves then i strongly recommend not sending them to La Mesa Middle School.

  • (5 years ago)

    The principal Beth Thomas is responsive professional and warm. My child really likes his teachers and is learning so much. He used to go to a private school and this is far better.

  • (6 years ago)

    i am currently attending la mesa middle school it is a great school all the teachers are nice but there are alot of kids there it is to hard to get to one room from another.

  • (6 years ago)

    i love this school its awesome

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school because it is the best school.My SLC is a Jaguar i have the best teacher of the year in 2008.

  • (7 years ago)

    I cannot believe how many negative comments there are about this school. I am having a wonderful time and I am lucky to be here. I love my fellow Cheetah friends and the staff are #1! I love this school i is the best!

  • (7 years ago)

    I graduated from this school a year ago and all I can say is that I have had a lot of fond memories there. I was in the SLC Cheetah's and all the SLC's (Small Learning Communities- there are 4; Cheetahs Jaguars Panthers and Cougars) have awesome teachers who are there for the students.

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