Helix Montessori School is a small, residential building with an enclosed backyard. The backyard houses a play place…More for its school children, complete with a small slide, clubhouse and sandboxes. Students at the school practice the "Montessori method," a way to teach children that emphasizes "self-learning" and encourages a sense of independence. It is a private school with a capacity of 35 students.
The small amount of students provides a close, nurturing atmosphere, where strong relationships can be developed. The school is owned and operated by Madhavi Shah.
Since 1970, Avocado Elementary School has been educating children in the Mount Helix and La Mesa areas. It has a very…More involved PTA with parents who frequently volunteer at the school.
It is a California Distinguished School, and is headed by Principal Ryan Burke, who has been at Avocado for three years. The most recent API score for the school was 865, which is 62 points higher than the score from just two years ago.
As part of the Cajon Valley School District, Anza Elementary School faithfully serves the El Cajon and Mount Helix…More communities.
It was built in 1960, and since then has provided its students with a high-quality education.
The school tries to engage with the community and surrounding areas by hosting events for parents and students, such as the Fall Festival. The school also has two pre-school programs that have almost 50 children enrolled.
Established in 1959, Avondale Elementary School has long served the Spring Valley Community.
According to…More Principal Claudia Burris, it is only one of two schools in East County with a PEI program (Prevention and Early Intervention). The school is a Title 1 school, meaning it is eligible for federal funds when they are available.
The school is in a residential neighborhood of Spring Valley and is surrounded by a large chain-link fence that helps secure the facility.
Last year the school received a state award for student achievement, and it offers grant money to qualifying families for after-school care.
The Mountain Empire School District charters this school, which opened for the first time in September 2010. It…More includes students from Jamul, Santee, Lemon Grove and San Diego. The school occupies the lower level of the Church of Christ.
The school has uniforms, but they are not mandated and there is a parent-teacher association. The school also partners with the La Mesa library to provide a bookmobile twice a month.
With 11 high schools, the district covers 465 square miles and includes three charter schools (among them Helix…More Charter High School in La Mesa), one continuation high school and two alternative education sites. More than 20,000 students attend district schools.
Headquartered is in the Old Main building—the original home of Grossmont High School—the administrative offices adjoin the current Grossmont High School. The district calls itself the largest employer in East San Diego County. And, in recent years, more than 70 percent of its graduates have gone on to community colleges or a four-year college/university.
The district's Home Choice program makes it possible for parents to home-school their high-school-aged children. The district also has a coordinator for homeless and foster youth, as well as an adult school in El Cajon that is open to those 18 years old and older.
Lemon Avenue Elementary School 8787 Lemon Ave, La Mesa, CA91941 With budgets tigh , this school has instituted a "Lemon Avenue Wish Tree," in the main office where teachers post…More "lemons" noting needed school supplies. Students in grades 1-5 can take part in a running blub that starts at 7:15am, a supervised activity where children walk or run for 25 minutes before school. "We keep track of mileage and students earn incentives throughout the year," says the school. One of several PeaceBuilder schools in the district, Lemon Avenue fosters an anti-bullying ethic and atmosphere of trust and support. The school's annual Halloween Carnival, a major fundraiser, is a big neighborhood tradition.
Established in 1949, Casa de Oro Elementary is one of the oldest schools in the La Mesa - Spring Valley School…More District. The school offers an environment that stresses achievement, both in and out of the classroom.
Some of the special programs offered at the school include the OASIS reading tudor program, an autism cluster and a Garden Club, of which more than 80 students, teachers and communty volunteers are a part.
A California Distinguished School, Casa de Oro's principal is Lisa Conry, who is in her first year at the school after coming from Fletcher Hills.
Vista La Mesa Academy 3900 Violet St, La Mesa, CA91941 A third of this school's students live in the Chollas Heights Navy family housing complex, and all students have…More access to free breakfast and lunch. Preschool is on site, including a Head Start program. Improvements at the school will eventually include grass fields and a running track. This is a charter school under the Lemon Grove School District. Besides the 24-member faculty, the school has six support teachers and a social worker.
Bunny's School of Dance 8062 la Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA91942 Bunny's School of Dance offers ballet, tap and tumbling. The children's dance school is located on the…More second floor of a large retail plaza just off of La Mesa Blvd. The school also offers an adult ballet class in the afternoon on Wednesdays. Bunny's is a family-owned and -operated business.
Highlands Elementary School 3131 S Barcelona St, Spring Valley, CA91977 Established in 1962, Highlands Elementary School is appropriately named, as it lies near the top of a large hill in the…More Casa de Oro community. Three years ago, the school took in one-third of the students at the former Spring Valley Elementary School. Led by Principal Eileen Cotter, the students are encouraged to be children of great learning, but greater character. The school often partners with businesses in the community to help the less fortunate, and they throw seasonal events that are fun for students and parents alike, including a fall festival, a winter celebration, and a mother-son/father-daughter dance in the spring. A Title 1 school, Highlands was recently re-landscaped and serves as a model school for the district in terms of landscaping.
Sitting atop a hill across from Monte Vista High School, Loma Elementary School has been providing education to…More children in Spring Valley since 1979.
The school tries to engage with the community through many student-parent initiatives, including movie nights, reading programs, community-building lunches and teacher bulletins sent directly to parents.
Principal Julie Bankes leads a diverse student population, which gathers every morning, as the entire school recites the Pledge of Allegiance together, as one.
The school also stresses six important characteristics of its students: caring, responsibility, trustworthiness, respect, fairness and citizenship.
Kempton Elementary School 740 Kempton St, Spring Valley, CA91977 Since 1960, Kempton Elementary School has been a place for families in the Spring Valley community to come together. As…More a school, a resource center and a gathering place, the faculty and staff help students strive for high level achievement. The school, located next to the Spring Valley Public Library, has many programs for adults as well, including ESL classes and parental workshops. According to Principal Elisa Holston, it is the only school in the La Mesa-Spring Valley District to offer a biliteracy program, encouraging students to learn both English and Spanish. With approximately 700 students, it is also the largest elementary school in the district.
This elementary school near the San Diego border prides itself on its WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)…More program, a safe-school initiative of the National Center for Fathering that involves fathers and father figures spending "meaningful time with their children as well as 500 others in our school setting."
The school promotes character education by spotlighting one trait a month: responsibility, respect, fairness, caring, trustworthiness and citizenship. It also is a PeaceBuilders school, an anti-bullying program.
One of Rolando's second-grade teachers, Mark Arapostathis, is a La Mesa city councilman and head of the Peter Pan Junior Theater.
Since 1957, Bancroft Elementary School has been an institution of learning, growing, and fostering of relationships…More in the Spring Valley community. The principal is Lois DeKock, who has been serving at Bancroft since 1999.
One of the unique programs at the school is the establishment of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, which teaches students the physical harm and social ramifications of bullying others. The school's motto is "Bee a Buddy, Not a Bully." (A bee is the program's mascot.)
La Mesa Dale Elementary School 4370 Parks Ave, La Mesa, CA91941 A few blocks north of La Mesa Middle School, this campus has a highly diverse student population. The school…More prides itself on volunteers, including those taking part in Wednesday Workshop starting at 8:30am in the Parent Center next to the auditorum. Adult ESL classes are offered daily to parents. One of several PeaceBuilder schools in the district, La Mesa Dale fosters an anti-bullying ethic and atmosphere of trust and support.