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District Management

Dr. Beth Polito


Executive Assistant to the Superintendent :
Monica Salas



Chief Business Officer: 
Mei Chan

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Assistant Superintendent:
Shannon Potts
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Director of Student Services:
Robin Spindler


Administrative Assistant to Student Services & Curriculum and Instruction
Sherry Jones



Director of Technology:
Jeff Honda

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Human Resource Coordinator:
Swashant'e Dillon

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Director of Maintenance & Operations:
Joyce Massaro



About Our District

Important District Links

District map

LLESD Strategic Plan 2021-2025

LLESD Strategic Plan 2012-2022


LLESD School Safety Resolution #1718-05:04-18

School Accountability Report Cards

Las Lomitas 2022 SARC - English
Las Lomitas 2022 SARC - Spanish

La Entrada 2022 SARC - English
La Entrada 2022 SARC - Spanish

2019-20 LCAP

2020-2021 Las Lomitas SPSA

2020-2021 La Entrada SPSA

 Finance & Business Services

Star & API Results for LLESD

The Story of Las Lomitas School District:  Centennial Memories book published in 2004

District-Level Committee links:

History of the Las Lomitas School District

original building

Let’s begin this story of a hundred years by taking a look at life around the turn of the last century—the time when the Las Lomitas School District started with one teacher, fourteen students, and a temporary classroom.

They were times none of us can remember and can scarcely imagine when the statistics are presented. Ninety-five percent of births took place at home. The average life expectancy in the United States was forty-seven. The leading causes of death were pneumonia and influenza, tuberculosis and diarrhea only then followed by heart disease and stroke.

A tiny fourteen percent of homes had bathtubs, and only eight percent had a telephone. There was a grand total of 8000 cars in the country and a scant 144 miles of paved roads.

The average wage was 22 cents an hour, and the average annual salary was between $200 and $400. Yet eighteen percent of households had at least one domestic servant. Only six percent of all American citizens had graduated from high school. Sugar cost four cents a pound and coffee fifteen cents; eggs fourteen cents a dozen. Milk was delivered in horse-drawn carriages and dipped from a large container into each customer’s pan.
California was the 21st most populous state with 1.4 million residents. Iowa had more people! The great San Francisco earthquake was still two years away. A furious local typhoid epidemic had just wound down. Two hundred thirty-six people had been diagnosed with the disease when the population of the general area was no more than 6000 and the nearest hospital was in San Francisco. Officials felt that many illnesses and even deaths were never reported in outlying districts such as that along the Alameda.

The area that became the Las Lomitas School District was an oasis of quiet, but the promise of more lively activity was just around the corner. Large estates in the neighborhood that became Atherton in 1923 had gardeners and servants. The few houses along the Alameda were small and were occupied largely by families of those workers. A few subdivisions were being laid out. Plans were in the works to turn the Altschul estate into La Loma Park, which promised elegant homes on sites unsurpassed anywhere in the valley. Properties were beginning to sell for $500 to $2000 an acre in the Barney tract. The large house of the Avy family sold for $19,000. Today’s Sharon Heights was still a few years away from becoming the Sharon estate with its mansion and elaborate grounds.
When the Searsville school on Sand Hill Road closed in 1894, the choices for school children were going to the Redwood City Grammar School on the site of today’s Fox Theater, to Central School on the site of the Cadillac Agency on El Camino in Menlo Park or to the new Portola School way out on Portola Road—each a long way for youngsters to travel every day. The parents banded together and devised a petition for a new district. Their efforts failed in 1896, but in 1904 the residents won the right to form their new district. They called it Las Lomitas, the little hills. The little schoolhouse they built soon became the center of the neighborhood, and the student population rose quickly.

The story of these one hundred years is told here primarily through the memories of people who have had a close connection with the schools in some way and for some period of time. It is our hope that readers can elicit from their words more than from a mere recitation of facts the true history and spirit of a school district that has had a special place in the hearts of most who have passed through its doors. ….to read on, please open the attached pdf.

Welcome to the Las Lomitas Elementary School District

The Las Lomitas Elementary School District (LLESD) comprises two award-winning schools in Menlo Park and Atherton, California.  Thriving in the community surrounded by Stanford University and many of Silicon Valley’s world-renowned corporations, entrepreneurs, and scientists, Las Lomitas Elementary (K-3rd grade) and La Entrada Middle (4th-8th grades) consistently rank among the top in the state. However, the excellence in our district is never taken for granted. LLESD continually strives to raise the bar, providing students with increased educational opportunities.

The mission of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District is “dedicated to providing an exemplary comprehensive and continually improving educational program that meets the cognitive and social-emotional needs of each student and that reflects the changing needs of our highly global and technological society.” In partnership with dedicated teachers and staff, an engaged School Board, involved parents, and a community that values and actively supports education, students are guided to become thinking, caring, and contributing citizens in our ever-changing global society.

Our world-class reputation has resulted in the need to accommodate unprecedented growth, In November, 2013, the community passed a school bond and planning has commenced to build permanent faciliities to house students and staff.  In a district that is already embracing technology, new 21st century classrooms will enhance the learning and engagement of students.  Teachers are provided with opportunities to teach using cutting-edge resources and methodologies.

LLESD lives its mission for students every day by providing support, enabling academic rigor and fostering interpersonal relationships.

Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program

The Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program’s goal is to further equal education opportunities for all students in the school districts involved.

Two types of Tinsley Transfers are allowed:

1)   Students of color in the Ravenswood City School District entering Kindergarten, First, or Second Grade in the Fall of 2022 may apply to transfer to the Belmont-Redwood Shores, Las Lomitas, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, San Carlos, or Woodside School Districts.

2)   Caucasian/white students in these seven districts and in Redwood City District may apply to transfer to the Ravenswood City School District.

The San Mateo County Office of Education administers the Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program. Application forms for transfer will be available beginning September 15, 2021. They must be completed and returned by November 16, 2021 to the San Mateo County Office of Education. Although late applications will be accepted until February 2, 2021, these late applicants will only be granted transfers on a space available basis. Students granted transfers will begin school in their new districts in Fall 2022.

Transfer applicants choose the districts to which they apply. Once a student is assigned to a district, the district will select the school the student will attend. Once these transfers have been granted, they are permanent, and it will NOT be necessary to reapply each year. The students may remain in their new districts until they graduate, providing they continue to live in the same school district attendance area.

Once a student has been admitted to the Tinsley Program, siblings of that student who wish to apply for the Program at a later date must follow the complete application process. They are not automatically admitted to the Program.

Application forms may be obtained from Las Lomitas School, 299 Alameda de las Pulgas, Atherton 94027 or from the San Mateo County Office of Education, 101 Twin Dolphin Drive, Redwood City 94065.

If you have questions about this program, please feel free to contact:  

Elvira Tapia


Applications can be mailed to:

San Mateo County Office of Education

Attn: Joy Dardenelle

101 Twin Dolphin Drive

Redwood City, CA 94065-1064

del Programa Tinsley traslado voluntario

El objetivo del Programa Tinsley traslado voluntario es promover la igualdad de oportunidades para todos los estudiantes en los distritos escolares participantes.

Hay dos tipos de transferencias Tinsley están permitidos:

1) Los estudiantes de color en el jardín de infantes del Distrito Escolar de Ravenswood entrar, Primero Segundo Grado en el otoño de 2016 pueden solicitar la transferencia a las costas del Belmont-Redwood, Lomitas Las, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, San Carlos, o Woodside Distritos Escolares.

2) Caucásico / los estudiantes blancos en estos siete distritos y en Redwood City Distrito puede solicitar la transferencia al Distrito Escolar de Ravenswood.

El San Mateo Oficina de Educación del Condado administra el Programa de Transferencia Tinsley voluntario. Los formularios de solicitud para la transferencia estará disponible a partir 15 de septiembre 2015. Que debe ser completado y devuelto el 14 de noviembre de 2015 hasta el Condado de San Mateo Oficina de Educación. A pesar de las solicitudes tardías se aceptarán hasta el 04 de febrero 2016, los solicitantes tardíos sólo se otorgará transferencias en función del espacio disponible. (Excepción: los estudiantes que se trasladan a la zona después de 02 de diciembre 2015 tendrá 60 días para solicitar o hasta el 30 de Junio, cualquier sea mas temprano, sin embargo, puede ser colocado en lista de espera si los espacios no están disponibles). Estudiantes becados transferencias comenzará la escuela de su distrito en el otoño del 2016.

Solicitantes de transferencia de elegir los distritos a los que se aplican. Una vez que el estudiante es asignado a un distrito, el distrito seleccionar la escuela que el estudiante asistirá. Una vez que estas transferencias se han concedido, que son permanentes, y NO será necesario volver a aplicar cada año. Los estudiantes pueden permanecer en sus nuevos distritos hasta que se gradúen, siempre y cuando sigan viviendo en el área de asistencia a la escuela mismo distrito.

Una vez que un estudiante ha sido admitido en el Programa de Tinsley, los hermanos de que los estudiantes que desean aplicar para el programa en una fecha posterior debe seguir el proceso de solicitud completo. Ellos no son automáticamente admitidos en el Programa.Los formularios de solicitud pueden obtenerse en Las Lomitas School, 299 Alameda de las Pulgas, Atherton 94027 o en el Condado de San Mateo Oficina de Educación, 101 Twin Drive Dolphin, Redwood City 94065.

Si usted tiene preguntas acerca de este programa, por favor no dude en llamar al Condado de San Mateo Oficina de Educación del 650-802-5312.