La Mesa Elementary

Public K-5

 1 La Mesa Way
       Monterey, CA  93940-4894


(831) 649-1872

District: Monterey Peninsula Unified

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $5,700 Help

Students who attend La Mesa Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Walter Colton
High:    Monterey High

Student/teacher ratio:  16.9
Number of students:  339

Immunizations:

Fully immunized:
98.4%
DTP:
98.4%


Racial breakdown:

White:
50.7%
Hispanic:
24.2%
Asian:
12.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  17.1%

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We updated the 2020-21 rankings and test scores for this school on Saturday, January 8, 2022.

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Compare Details La Mesa Elementary is not ranked due for the most recent year due to insufficient test score data. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2019 the calculated Average Standard Score was 82.8. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at La Mesa Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (50.7%), Hispanic (24.2%), Asian (12.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 17.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at La Mesa Elementary is 16.9, which is the 2nd best among 0 elementary schools in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at La Mesa Elementary is $5,700, which is the 6th highest among 0 elementary schools in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District.
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Rank History for La Mesa Elementary

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 77.20 1024th 4809 78.7%
2005 81.20 879th 4822 81.8%
2006 87.18 635th 4818 86.8%
2007 88.68 580th 5113 88.7%
2008 92.66 337th 5113 93.4%
2009 84.58 772nd 5193 85.1%
2010 80.25 1001st 5314 81.2%
2011 78.64 1075th 5377 80.0%
2012 64.84 1793rd 5390 66.7%
2013 65.10 1824th 5530 67.0%
2015 82.70 1000th 5611 82.2%
2016 73.47 1372nd 5614 75.6%
2017 74.38 1366th 5692 76.0%
2018 78.96 1186th 5662 79.1%
2019 82.80 1023rd 5789 82.3%
2021 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Open Quote This school is a mixed bag. Previous comments are on point about the military kids holding this schools academic ratings so high. If not for it being directly placed in the middle of officer housing, and primarily filled with the kids of higher educated parents, the scores of this school would be the same as the surrounding area. Unfortunately, that means the kids attending will have education outcomes below what they are use to. This is frustrating for the parents. I DO NOT fault the teachers, it is the the district. That being said, when you meet the office staff and get a bad feeling about the school, listen to your instinct. There are lots of charter school alternatives. I recommend looking at Big Sur Charter in Monterey. Close Quote


by a parent
Monday, September 5, 2011

Open Quote I have a child that has been a student at La Mesa for the past 3 years. I have other children that have attended other elementary schools on the peninsula. The sterling reputation that La Mesa enjoys in the community is no longer deserved. Perhaps La Mesa earned this reputation many years ago, but other schools in the area actually perform to a much higher standard.

The most upsetting factor at La Mesa is the unprofessional and simply rude 'ladies' that 'work' in the front office. They treat the children and the parents as unwelcome interruptions of these 'ladies' gossip sessions. They will speak loudly to each other about subjects that should be carefully guarded with confidentiality, with their backs turned to the entrance. I have seen visitors stand at the entrance for 2 minutes waiting for assistance while these 'ladies' finished their gossip section. Terrible. Close Quote



Enrollment information for La Mesa Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 574 34 45 28 0 n/a n/a 0 681
1989 546 49 41 37 2 n/a n/a 0 675
1990 550 50 43 35 0 n/a n/a 0 678
1991 529 46 55 37 1 n/a n/a 0 668
1992 541 55 44 25 1 n/a n/a 0 666
1993 524 62 32 23 1 n/a n/a 0 642
1994 480 52 55 32 2 n/a n/a 0 621
1995 359 33 49 66 3 n/a n/a 0 510
1996 359 33 49 66 3 n/a n/a 0 510
1997 382 35 55 72 5 n/a n/a 0 549
1998 399 48 45 61 7 n/a n/a 0 560
1999 351 43 49 46 2 n/a n/a 0 491
2000 325 49 55 44 1 n/a n/a 0 474
2001 322 30 49 47 3 n/a n/a 0 451
2002 311 40 67 114 4 n/a n/a 4 540
2003 311 40 67 114 4 n/a n/a 4 540
2004 285 41 92 127 6 n/a n/a 0 551
2005 310 44 84 117 6 n/a n/a 4 565
2006 328 33 76 83 4 n/a n/a 34 558
2007 326 33 62 73 1 n/a n/a 41 536
2008 321 24 43 50 4 n/a n/a 0 442
2009 342 44 66 72 4 5 34 0 567
2010 348 37 71 72 3 5 11 0 547
2011 265 32 63 67 2 7 20 0 456
2012 217 16 69 67 1 1 21 0 392
2013 236 27 67 67 1 1 23 0 422
2014 257 20 49 79 0 0 23 0 428
2015 227 20 70 80 0 1 23 0 421
2016 227 27 90 84 0 1 24 0 453
2017 265 24 79 73 0 1 32 0 474
2018 233 27 74 73 0 2 38 0 447
2019 232 18 52 95 0 4 30 0 431
2020 241 22 62 94 1 4 13 0 437
2021 172 15 42 82 1 5 22 0 339

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at La Mesa Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 681 29.5 23.0 n/a
1989 675 31.5 21.4 n/a
1990 678 29.4 23.0 n/a
1991 668 32.4 20.6 n/a
1992 666 32.9 20.2 5.3
1993 642 31.5 20.4 3.7
1994 621 33.0 18.8 7.7
1995 510 24.0 21.3 11
1996 510 24.0 21.3 11
1997 549 27.5 20.0 11.8
1998 560 32.0 17.5 11.4
1999 491 28.0 17.5 8.4
2000 474 28.0 16.9 8
2001 451 23.5 19.2 8.9
2002 540 26.0 20.8 18.8
2003 540 26.0 20.8 18.8
2004 551 27.5 20.0 24.5
2005 565 27.5 20.5 22.5
2006 558 26.5 21.1 20.4
2007 536 24.0 22.3 16.2
2008 442 25.0 17.7 12.4
2009 567 25.0 21.8 12.9
2010 547 20.0 27.3 13
2011 456 n/a n/a 16.9
2012 392 17.0 23.0 n/a
2013 422 20.0 21.1 20.4
2014 428 19.0 22.5 18.2
2015 421 21.0 20.0 18.8
2016 453 22.0 20.5 19
2017 474 22.5 21.0 19.2
2018 447 20.5 21.8 13.4
2019 431 23.0 18.7 15.5
2020 437 n/a n/a 15.8
2021 339 20.0 16.9 17.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
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Student/Teacher Ratio La Mesa Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 681 29.5 23.0 n/a
1989 675 31.5 21.4 n/a
1990 678 29.4 23.0 n/a
1991 668 32.4 20.6 n/a
1992 666 32.9 20.2 5.3
1993 642 31.5 20.4 3.7
1994 621 33.0 18.8 7.7
1995 510 24.0 21.3 11
1996 510 24.0 21.3 11
1997 549 27.5 20.0 11.8
1998 560 32.0 17.5 11.4
1999 491 28.0 17.5 8.4
2000 474 28.0 16.9 8
2001 451 23.5 19.2 8.9
2002 540 26.0 20.8 18.8
2003 540 26.0 20.8 18.8
2004 551 27.5 20.0 24.5
2005 565 27.5 20.5 22.5
2006 558 26.5 21.1 20.4
2007 536 24.0 22.3 16.2
2008 442 25.0 17.7 12.4
2009 567 25.0 21.8 12.9
2010 547 20.0 27.3 13
2011 456 n/a n/a 16.9
2012 392 17.0 23.0 n/a
2013 422 20.0 21.1 20.4
2014 428 19.0 22.5 18.2
2015 421 21.0 20.0 18.8
2016 453 22.0 20.5 19
2017 474 22.5 21.0 19.2
2018 447 20.5 21.8 13.4
2019 431 23.0 18.7 15.5
2020 437 n/a n/a 15.8
2021 339 20.0 16.9 17.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

La Mesa Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
2012100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
201395.0%3.0%0.0%2.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%95.0%
2014100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
2015100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
201698.0%1.0%0.0%1.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%
2017≥99.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
201898.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%98.0%≥99.0%
2019≥99.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
202098.4%0.0%0.0%98.4%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for La Mesa Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $5,700

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on La Mesa Elementary

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Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students431339
 21.3%
African American1815
 16.7%
American Indian01
Asian5242
 19.2%
Hispanic9582
 13.7%
Pacific Islander45
 25%
Two or More Races3022
 26.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients15.5%17.1%
 1.6%




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