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La Presa Middle School
1001 Leland St, Spring Valley, CA 91977

La Presa Middle School has been serving the Spring Valley community since 1963.

A program improvement school,More Principal Mike Allman is proud of the way the API scores have risen at La Presa Middle over the last four years. In fact, with an improvement of 101 points since 2006, La Presa Middle School boasts the highest level of improvement in the District.

That improvement can be attributed to the specific "targeting" of which students need to take which classes, the introduction of longer classes with block scheduling and other factors.

LPMS offers many electives in the humanities like band and dance, as well as technology-based electives. There is an active PTSA, and the school strives to create "a small school learning environment."

La Mesa Police Department
8085 University Ave, La Mesa, CA 91942

Thanks to Proposition D, a bond issue approved by La Mesans in 2004, the Police Department moved into aMore 45,000-square-foot, $20 million headquarters in September 2010.

Police Chief Al Lanning oversees a force of 68 sworn officers, 30 non-sworn personnel and 50-60 members of the RSVP, or Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol, and other volunteers. 

The Police Department offers an SRO (school resource officer) for elementary and middle schools in La Mesa and assigns a full-time SRO to Helix Charter High School.

The department's website links to My Neighborhood Update, a Google Maps-based display of reported incidents in La Mesa.

Police also help with animal control, and promote Neighborhood Watch and Kidz Watch, a free safety academy for children 6-11. In addition, the Crime Free Multi-Housing crime-prevention program targets  La Mesa apartment complexes.

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