La Mesa Elementary School

1 La Mesa Way
Monterey, CA 93940
(School attendance zone shown in map)
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Top 20%
Serving 450 students in grades Kindergarten-6, La Mesa Elementary School ranks in the top 20% of all schools in California for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 20%, and reading proficiency is top 20%).
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 50% (which is higher than the California state average of 33%). The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 65-69% (which is higher than the California state average of 47%).
The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is higher than the California state level of 21:1.
Minority enrollment is 47% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the California state average of 79% (majority Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Kindergarten-6
  • Enrollment: 450 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 23:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 47%
  • : Top 20% in CA
  • : 50% (Top 20%)
  • : 65-69% (Top 20%)
  • : 50-59% (Top 20%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

Top Rankings

La Mesa Elementary School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

School Overview

La Mesa Elementary School's student population of 450 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 20 teachers has declined by 13% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-6
Total Students
450 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
20 teachers
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School Rankings

La Mesa Elementary School ranks within the top 20% of all 9,602 schools in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data).
The diversity score of La Mesa Elementary School is 0.64, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.63. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
This School
State Level (CA)
#1619 out of 9602 schools
(Top 20%)
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50%
33%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of La Mesa Elementary School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of public schools in California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
65-69%
47%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of La Mesa Elementary School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
50-59%
29%
Student : Teacher Ratio
23:1
21:1
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American Indian
1%
1%
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Asian
10%
12%
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Hispanic
26%
56%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in La Mesa Elementary School and the percentage of Hispanic public school students in California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Black
4%
5%
This chart display the percentage of Black students in La Mesa Elementary School and the percentage of Black public school students in California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
White
53%
21%
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Hawaiian
1%
n/a
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Two or more races
5%
5%
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All Ethnic Groups
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in California.
0.64
This chart display the diversity score of La Mesa Elementary School and the public school average diversity score of California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Eligible for Free Lunch
17%
51%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for free lunch in La Mesa Elementary School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for free lunch in California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
5%
7%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in La Mesa Elementary School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in California by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is La Mesa Elementary School's ranking?
La Mesa Elementary School is ranked #1619 out of 9,602 schools, which ranks it among the top 20% of public schools in California.
What schools are La Mesa Elementary School often compared to?
La Mesa Elementary Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Robert Down Elementary School, International School Of Monterey by visitors of our site.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
50% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 33% CA state average), while 65-69% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 47% CA state average).
How many students attend La Mesa Elementary School?
450 students attend La Mesa Elementary School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
53% of La Mesa Elementary School students are White, 26% of students are Hispanic, 10% of students are Asian, 5% of students are Two or more races, 4% of students are Black, 1% of students are American Indian, and 1% of students are Hawaiian.
What is the student:teacher ratio of La Mesa Elementary School?
La Mesa Elementary School has a student ration of 23:1, which is higher than the California state average of 21:1.
What grades does La Mesa Elementary School offer ?
La Mesa Elementary School offers enrollment in grades Kindergarten-6
What school district is La Mesa Elementary School part of?
La Mesa Elementary School is part of Monterey Peninsula Unified School District.
In what neighborhood is La Mesa Elementary School located?
La Mesa Elementary School is located in the La Mesa Village neighborhood of Monterey, CA.

School Reviews

2   9/29/2009
This school has some serious issues. Many classes have 34 students with just one teacher and no aides. The school has very limited support for special education needs. The principal considers behavioral issues like PDD or autism to be discipline issues and wants to the parents to take care of them at home instead of providing care mandated in the IEP. Many parents are pulling their kids and placing them in the local private schools or homeschooling. A teacher also threatened to stab his students through the heart with a pencil if they did not do their homework (2d graders). Go somewhere else where your kids will be safer.
- Posted by Parent - amham
2   7/1/2007
This school is a joke. They claim that they are first in learning and this is proven by the testing, but they push the children to earn those high test scores. They always want to hold the military children back because they are not"caught up", but do not keep into consideration that standards are different everywhere. The teachers are unprofessional, rude, and mean to the children. One teacher hit my daughter in the head and when I approached the principal, all he did was tell me to handle the situation with the teacher. The school is always asking for money, but not effectively teaching the children. The only reason why the school has such a high academic rating is because one or both of the parents have degree and can teach where the teacher lacks. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN HERE!
- Posted by Parent - sdunn

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Kindergarten-6
  • Enrollment: 450 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 23:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 47%
  • : Top 20%
  • : 50% (Top 20%)
  • : 65-69% (Top 20%)
  • : 50-59% (Top 20%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

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