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Mesa Robles School is a unique kindergarten through eighth-grade school in the hills of Hacienda Heights, a suburb of Los Angeles County. The home of the Mustangs opened its doors in 1964. Mesa Robles’ mission is to provide all students with a positive learning environment with high expectations to reach academic goals and build  character with an emphasis on respect, responsibility, safety, citizenship, and personality. Mesa is known for being a high-achieving school and has a reputation for producing consistently good academic, performing arts, and STEM programs. Through the combined efforts of all stakeholders, Mesa is an engaging and welcoming place to learn. Mesa Robles has a dedicated staff, with 50% working at the school for fifteen or more years. Mustang pride runs deep across generations. There is strong parent involvement at Mesa, with many volunteers dedicating their time to support our school in the classrooms and enrichment events such as assemblies, fundraisers, and middle school activities. These are attributed to our dedicated Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). With students from kindergarten to eighth grade, upwards of 1,150 pupils arrive daily to pursue knowledge, socialize, and grow. 

Mesa’s dedicated staff facilitates exemplary academic and enrichment programs. According to the California Dashboard, Mesa Robles consistently scores at or above on state and local benchmarks. Results from The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) over the past five years show a 2.86% increase in ELA and a 5.89% increase in Math of students meeting or exceeding the standard. Mesa Robles is 50.7 points above average in English Language Arts (ELA) CAASPP results and 42.4 points above standard in Math CAASPP recent results. In 2018, Mesa Robles began implementing New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL). NPDL encompasses the “Six C’s”: Character, Citizenship, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. Teachers collaborate between and across grade levels to create and facilitate lessons that incorporate real-life experiences leading to problem-solving.

School climate and student safety are top priorities at Mesa Robles. The school participates in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), focusing on Response to Intervention (RTI) for behavior and academics. The principal and two assistant principals maintain a progressive school discipline plan. The counselor and Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) provide social, emotional, and academic support in collaboration with the classroom teachers. Mesa’s kindergarten through eighth-grade Associated Study Body (ASB) works with Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) to promote a positive school and community culture with various philanthropic programs. A program particular to Mesa Robles is the school-wide behavior incentive program called “Huts” and “Colleges.” Groups collectively work to earn points for behavior aligned with the schools' pillars of safety, respect, and responsibility. This system encourages students to become collaborative contributing citizens, which creates confident and tenacious academic leaders all over campus. Over the past two years, Mesa has added several teacher-led enrichment after-school clubs such as Gardening, Chess, Speech and Debate, Drama, Art, Spanish, Percussion, Bullet Journaling, and Homework Help. These hands-on, engaging clubs promote other avenues of creativity, build relationships among students with common interests, and create a more well-rounded Mesa community.   

Mesa Robles School strives to continue to learn and grow. Within the last few years, we have received recognition for several statewide awards: The distinguished Golden Ribbon School Award in 2015, the Title I Academic Achievement Award School in 2016, the California Distinguished School Award in 2018 and 2020, and the 2022 California Pivotal Practice (CAPP) Award. In 2021, U.S. News ranked Mesa Robles among the top 10% of Best schools in California (top 5% for middle schools and top 12% for elementary schools). Mesa Mustangs have a tradition of excelling in various programs offered to our student body. Our robotics team has been recognized internationally and earned the “Teamwork Award” for several years in regional competitions. Mesa Robles also has multi-award-winning instrumental and vocal ensembles at local, regional, and state levels. Over the years, Mesa’s Elementary and Middle Science Olympiad teams have earned multiple local and state awards. The Speech and Debate team has won regional awards and has qualified for state and national competitions in 2022 and 2023. We also celebrate success with our sports, which have won several league championships, including basketball, flag football, volleyball, soccer, softball, and cross country.