Murray Manor, a California Distinguished School, has a tradition of academic excellence. Kindergarten play area is…More surrounded by large murals of every letter in the alphabet. School ballfields are shared with community leagues.</p>
<p>The PTA helps with such annual events as carnival, welcome back dinner, sock hop and ethnic dance. The school also hosts a monthly breakfast open to fathers and children who get to hear talks by professional athletes and others.</p>
<p>One of several PeaceBuilder schools in the district, Murray Manor fosters an anti-bullying ethic and atmosphere of trust and support.</p>
The school slogan here is "Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day," and Principal Beth Thomas says students are placed…More in "targeted classes" for math and language arts.</p>
<p>Levels are classified as Benchmark (advanced and proficient students), Strategic (up to two years below grade level) and Intensive (more than two years below grade level). But, she says, "students are able to move between the levels if their performance warrants this change."</p>
<p>The PTSA sponsors assemblies, offers rewards and incentives for student achievement, finances the annual Renaissance Day and even pays for some classroom supplies, such as paper. Other PTSA events include 6th Grade Family Picnic and a Back to School Night BBQ.</p>
<p>For a fee, La Mesa's ESS (extended school services) offers after-school recreational and educational activities.</p>
<p>Parents are invited to informal monthly gatherings with Thomas and counselors, where school updates are given and questions can be answered. This bustling school features an outdoor amphitheater for assemblies.</p>
Center for Young Imaginations 4885 Harbinson Ave, La Mesa, CA91942 This is a daycare and preschool serving children ages 18 months to 5 1/2 years. It has clean, well kept indoor and…More outdoor areas, including a large playground in the back. The curriculum seeks to develop children in academic, social, emotional, moral and physical areas. There are full-day and half-day plans, and you can enroll your child two, three , four or five days a week. There is a special potty training program for toddlers and a dance and gymnastics program. Programs start in September and finish in May, but a child can start any time during the year. The summer months have planned activities, but the emphasis is on recreation and the schedule is more flexible.
Staples 8805 Murray Dr, La Mesa, CA91942 Staples at Murray Drive is centrally located in La Mesa, just across the street from Grossmont Shopping Center. An…More excellent resource for parents on a back-to-school mission, or for greater La Mesa businesses looking for office supplies, the store is complete with a copy center and a tech computer repair center.