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About This School

Rolando Elementary School is a public elementary school in La Mesa. The principal of Rolando Elementary School is Jim Parker, whose e-mail is jim.parker@lmsvsd.k12.ca.us. 506 students attend Rolando Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 14% of the Rolando Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 44% of the 506 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Rolando Elementary School is 17:1. Christian Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
  • Sports

    • Cheerleading
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% 2%
Multiracial 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 36% 34%
Hispanic 35% 36%
Unspecified 20% 14%
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 12303%
Filipino 0.2% 3%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 52%
Limited English proficiency 14% 22%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    I strongly recommend Rolando Elementary School. I am very happy with the principal's participation the teachers and the parents involvement in the student's education. I am very proud to say that my daughter is a student at Rolando Elementary Schoo.

  • (1 year ago)

    My husband and I are both elementary teachers in San Diego Unified both our children attend Rolando. This is a wonderful school. The parent participation the diverse student population and the engaged school staff have created a positive environment that not only challenges our children to be dedicated learners but encourages them to be thoughtful contributing members of society as well. Go peacebuilders! I understand the time constraints in terms of scheduling and curriculum requirements which all schools must balance. Rolando's dedicated staff juggles it all beautifully. If ever we've had concerns the staff has been open and willing to work with us. This school has such a great vibe it's the kind of school I'd want to work at myself. Therefore I'm thrilled to have my children work there! Schools don't get "CA Distinguished School Awards" for nothing--they earned it.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school the teachers are great teachers. My daughter has had some difficulties in her learning (problem hasn't been detected) and the teachers have been very supportive always helping her to have great self-esteem and motivating her. My kids go happy to school everyday. There is a lot of parent participation and have great staff in the office. I totally recommend this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a parent of 2 children from this school very happy whit all the staff good teachers very friendly and polite the only thing is the food and time to eat 20 minutes are not enough to eat for the kids they been having pizza for breakfast and lunch 3 times a week .......

  • (1 year ago)

    I have been at Rolando as a parent volunteer and now staff. I want to let everyone know what an amazing principal we have she is new to us and LMSVSD....Her name is Janelle Schefner (sp) and she is just the best. I love her envolvement her energy her drive and how she just fit in lie a missing piece to our wonderful puzzle. Rolando has always been a wonderful amazing school I just see an even brighter future with Janelle Schefner at the HELM!!!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is to respond to the previous' comment. The parent complained about 20 minutes lunch complained about minimum Tuesday time complain about not enough instruction time. These complains are contradictory against each other!! If there was too little lunch time then the time must go to some other events i.e. instruction maybe? With regard to not allowing younger kids to ride the bike to school maybe because the school is concerned for the safety of the child? Each city has its own plus and minus. One can't compare apple with orange. If La Mesa is exactly the same as your previous location I'd think it is illogical to move here since you'd lose money/effort/time and you gain nothing from moving to the same place then. I am not one for the 2 teachers in the same class so I can't comment on that. With regard to the food I agree with you the cafeteria food is not my favorite so I pack my kid lunch daily but maybe you can pack some extra snack/fruit for him? There is a saying that I apply and teach my kid every day "when you are given a lemon make lemonade".

  • (1 year ago)

    There isn't enough instruction time. Every tuesday is a minimum day. My son wants to ride his bike but only 4th grade and up are allowed to. My kids don't have enough time to eat lunch they get 20 minutes and that is including waiting in a single file line to get through the register and lunch line. In the end the lunches are absolute trash. Not enough to fill up a growing kid and so not edible absolutely disgusting. I wouldn't feed it to my dogs seriously. His 3rd grade classroom has a contract with two teachers that teach the class. This is extremely confusing both for him as a student and me as a parent. The facility is old. Flies all over the place in the cafeteria due to leaving the doors open because of no air conditioning. We moved from the east coast and were spoiled with our rated 10 public school that was equal to a great private school. I've searched out charter schools but those are rated even worse!

  • (3 years ago)

    I attended your school in 1950 started Kindergarten I wanted to find out how long your school has been open? I went to your school from 1950 until 1953 when they changed the boundreries and I then went to La Mesa Dale. I have very fond memories of your school. I would love a response regarding the history of this dear old school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love this school the parents teachers and staff are so friendly and involved with all of the kids. I would recommend Rolando Elementary to anyone!

  • (3 years ago)

    i remember my 3 years at Rolando .it is my favorite school ever !!!!!!!!!!! it is so sad that i ever had to move.i was there for kindergarden 1st grade and 2nd grade.every single day i think of all my teachers friends and after school care program teachers.i miss everyone.i wish i could come back to Rolando.maybe i can visit them some time... P.S.happy holidays!

  • (4 years ago)

    my 4 years at rolando were the most memorable! i transfered from a private school in 2nd grade and i had mrs radenhimer she was a really good teacher but sadly my class was the last she taught she then went to work at the district office ( but the next year was even better!ihad mrs.whitehurst i made really good friends at school! me being a freshmen this year and still emailing my 3rd grade teacher asking her for help on my homework is pretty cool i think! i still have best friends from there and i dont go to the same school as any of them as i moved after 4th grade. the ess program was amazing i hung out with new people and we had so much fun! the summer program is really fun because you go on field trips once a week!

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter has been at Rolando for 3 years and has loved every minute of it. The principal and staff are amazing. Rolando truly deserves being named a 2010 California Distinquished School!

  • (4 years ago)

    Rolando is one of the most excellent public schools I've seen. I am a teacher in a high school so I have high standards for my son's education. He has been treated with respect care and love at Rolando and has also been held accountable for both learning and behavior. great staff great administration great parents and kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    Rolando has been a wonderful school for our daughter. Her teachers have been very encouraging and supportive. The principal Mr. Magliato does a great job. The school has a great community feel to it and the parent involvement is top-notch.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have a daughter that graduated from Rolando and two children that still attend. The teachers at Rolando are wonderful. When there is an issue teachers and staff quickly respond. Mr. Magliato (principal) is excellent. The parents are very involved so when there are functions you feel like you are apart of the community. Enjoy this school very much and glad my children attend.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son has been in first grade this year at Rolando and loves going every day. His teacher Mrs. Thomason is wonderful. The principal is great. Really good school!

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers and principal at Rolando are the best! My child loves going to school every day. It is a close community of parents and the school has a great atmosphere of caring.

  • (5 years ago)

    This School has been wonderful for my second grade son I cannot wait till my younger son is ready for Kinder which will be next year. The staff and teachers are professional and very warm and friendly. The principal goes beond the call of duity. He is Great. When the pre post from a while back said that the PTA has raised 50 000 dollars on average per year she wasnt kidding. So that means you are going to be hit up every week for what ever fundraiser is going on and sometimes twice a week. So I pick and choose which ones we can do. There are only about 450 students at this school. So do the math. Parents come up with a lot of extra cash. I guess its cool cause its for the Kiddos. Ill keep my views on PTA to my self POLITICS!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a California public school teacher and I agonized about where to send my own children to school. After looking at all the options we decided to try Rolando for a year - since it is walking distance from home. We have not been disappointed. The school really is a very warm and welcoming community and my daughter has thrived here. She learned to read by the third month of kindergarten! More importantly she loves going to school every day The school works as a real team so there are no 'good' and 'bad' teachers in each grade they all work together. The only thing I have not loved about the school is the PTA- they are exceptinally involved and do SO much for the kids which is great but they are also somewhat cliquish and tend to exclude parents who work during the day.

  • (6 years ago)

    Rolando is a fabulous school with a terrific principal and an amazing staff. The school staff makes learning fun. The kids really thrive with the curriculum that is taught. Rolando is like a giant family with wonderful volunteers who work very hard at making it better every year. I am proud to be a part of such a great community.

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