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Principal's Message

     Welcome to La Mesa Junior High School! La Mesa has a solid reputation as a school where academic achievement and improvement are both a priority and a reality.
     Our academic teams allow for students to continue feeling part of something a little smaller, while still having access to all that a large comprehensive junior high has to offer. These opportunities include participation in a rich and varied co-curricular program, clubs and activities, and a large, diverse staff eager to get to know the students as individuals.
     The La Mesa staff is made up of passionate middle school  educators who believe very strongly in our role in developing the “whole child”. We hold high expectations for academic achievement, but also understand the changes the middle school student encounters in regards to their physical, social and emotional development. Together with parents we have an opportunity to guide these students through their mistakes, which are inherent to their development as young adolescents, and turn them into positive learning experiences.
     The most successful children are a result of a solid partnership among the school, the home, and the community. We look forward to building upon the existing relationships, as well as creating new ones, that will assist students in achieving success and afford them the opportunity to ultimately choose their own path, whether that be college or career. We welcome parents to be a part of La Mesa’s success team and encourage them to share their concerns and feedback so that we can best serve our students.
Mr. Kullen Welch
Students working collaboratively in the La Mesa School Library

Mission & Vision

To engage in a flexible learning community that cultivates growth, curiosity, grit, and a love for learning"
Learn with Vigor
Lead with Vision
Live with Value
“It’s a great day for learning!”


Blue, white, and green Santa Clarita city bus

Transportation Disruption

Santa Clarita Transit services, which provides transportation for many of our students, will be disrupted due to a bus driver strike.

We strongly encourage all Hart District families, who utilize Santa Clarita Transit services, to make alternative transportation plans to get students to school and home again.

Please read the full story for more information and to view alternative routes.
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At A Glance

  • 4 years in a row - Capturing Kids Hearts National Showcase School
  • 2x week RTI Tutorial Session offered to all students during the school day
  • 15% increase in at-grade level math scores in iReady
  • 10% increase in at-grade level English scores in iReady
  • California Pivotal Practice Award 2022