La Mesa-Spring Valley School District is a high-performing school district located in the East County of San Diego. The District is committed to high student performance embedded in a culture of quality and continuous improvement. We embrace diversity. Collaboration is valued among all stakeholder groups and the interest-based process is used as the core for problem solving. The District covers 26 square miles and serves 12,587 students (not including preschool) housed in 17 elementary (K-6) and four middle schools (7-8). Certificated and classified employees number 2,094.
Our Purpose

To inspire learning and respect

Our Vision

La Mesa-Spring Valley School District is a community of life-long learners who engage in continuous improvement and contribute positively to a global society, within a safe learning environment.

Our Principles
In order to achieve work purposefully and realize our vision we must:
  • Make decisions based upon the best interest of all children
  • Honor individuality and diversity
  • Act with integrity
  • Partner with the community
  • Strive for excellence
  • Establish, measure & hold ourselves accountable to appropriate goals
  • Communicate effectively
  • Develop well-rounded learners
  • Explore a sense of possibility
  • Use resources wisely

Fast Facts About the District
Communities Served The city of La Mesa, a portion of the city of El Cajon, and the unincorporated communities of Mt. Helix, Casa de Oro, and Spring Valley within San Diego County
Number of Schools 17 Elementary
4 Middle Schools
Enrollment 12,268
K–6:  9,616—78%
7–8:  2,652—22%
Ethnicity Minority:  62%
White:  33%
Hispanic:  45%
African American :  11%
Asian/Pacific Islander:  6%
American Indian/Alaskan Native:  <1%
Multi or No Response:  5%
Number of Employees Certificated: 652
Classified: 897 (including hourly employees)
Managers: 36
Annual Budget $100 million
Average Class Size K–3:  30.5
4–6:   31.7
7–8:   26.1