Education 

The schools in La Mesa are operated by two districts. The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District operates most of the elementary and middle schools in the city, while the Grossmont Union High School District operates Helix High School and the Gateway day schools.

Elementary Schools 

Rolando Elementary School (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
La Mesa Dale Elementary School (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
Maryland Avenue Elementary School (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
RHR DFAF Private Charter School
Murdock Elementary School (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
Murray Manor Elementary School (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
Northmont Elementary School (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
Lemon Avenue Elementary School (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
Vista La Mesa Academy (Lemon Grove School District)
St. Martin's Academy (private)
Liberty Charter School (private)
San Diego Jewish Academy (private)
Christ Lutheran School (private)
Innovation Center La Mesa – Julian Charter School (charter)
La Mesa Arts Academy (4th - 8th Grade) - La Mesa-Spring Valley School District
Middle/junior high schools[edit]
Parkway Middle School (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
La Mesa Middle School (LMMS) (La Mesa-Spring Valley School District)
Vista La Mesa Academy (Lemon Grove School District)

High schools
Helix High School (Grossmont Union High School District)
Grossmont High School (Grossmont Union High School District) includes some students from La Mesa while having an El Cajon street address

K through 12
Gateway Community Day (Grossmont Union High School District)
Gateway West Community Day (Grossmont Union High School District)