• Achieving Academic Excellence Through a Focus on the Visual and Performing Arts

    Year Opened:

    August 2007


    Pre-K through 5th


    Between 1006

    Description of Campus:

    Lisa J. Mails Elementary School opened in August, 2007 as the eleventh elementary school in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District with 39 classrooms, a multipurpose room with a kitchen, a computer lab, a library, an outdoor eating area, an amphitheater, administrative offices, a health office, teacher workrooms throughout the campus and two play areas, one for TK/Kindergarten students and one designated for students in grades 1-5. Kindergarten Readiness, State Preschool, Childcare Programs and Pre-K Special Day Class are located on campus as well.

    Lisa J. Mails Elementary maintains a school-wide focus in the area of visual and performing arts. The school is open to enrollment for families within the LJM school boundaries and available for families across the district (intradistrict transfer) and families outside of the school district (interdistrict transfer) pending transfer approvals. Click the accompanying links for more information about the MVUSD school locator and the MVUSD transfer process.


    To inspire and support the whole child through their educational journey so that all children can grow to be active members of our community who positively impact the lives of others.


    The visual and performing arts focus at Lisa J. Mails Elementary School drives the school’s mission to offer students extensive and regular experiences in the arts and to enrich the regular academic program through arts integration.

    School Mascot:

    Monarch Butterfly

    School Beliefs:

    At Lisa J. Mails Elementary School, we do things with HEART: Harmony, Empathy, Achievement, Reflection, and Transformation. These beliefs guide our day-to-day experiences and are part of the learning process for our students.

    Instructional Goals/Program:

    Our school uses the California State Standards, District and State curriculum, current research in education, and student assessment data to maintain a strong educational foundation. We believe students will need this strong educational foundation and the support of the community to meet the high standards and expectations that are necessary for them to compete in tomorrow’s world.

    Lisa J. Mails (1953-2005)

    Lisa J. Mails, our namesakeOn August 11, 2005, the Board of Education gave their approval to name the District’s 11th elementary school after Lisa J. Mails (1953-2005), a soft-spoken and much admired teacher at E. Hale Curran Elementary School for ten years. Lisa Mails used her knowledge and teaching experience to train other teachers in the District and she served on numerous committees including literacy, report cards, writing, language arts adoption and Student Study Teams. She was also a key individual in writing two successful California Distinguished School applications for E. Hale Curran. Lisa Mails represented all that is exemplary in the teaching profession and continues to be an inspiration to our community.

    Feeder Schools:

    High School: Vista Murrieta High School
    Middle School: Dorothy McElhinney Middle School

    Last Modified on June 18, 2021