La Jolla Country Day School

La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent school in San Diego, California, serving young scholars age 3 to Grade 12 all on one campus.
LJCDS prepares students for a lifetime of intellectual exploration, personal growth and social responsibility.
The school is committed to inspiring greatness for a better world by fostering a culture and a community that leads with dignity.
LJCDS values inclusion and safety, diversity, collaboration, and student independence and growth.
Inspiring greatness nurtures lifelong learners who possess four critical attributes: a strong work ethic; moral character; a commitment to challenge the status quo; and the appreciation that we belong to something greater than ourselves.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 1,157 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $41,530
  • Acceptance rate: 63%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

La Jolla Country Day School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

Category
Attribute
Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Year Founded
1926
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
1,157 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
42%
State avg.: 51%
Students by Grade
La Jolla Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
158 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
62%
Average Class Size
16 students
Number of AP Courses
32 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Chinese Language and Culture - Heritage Speakers, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language and Culture, Human Geography, Latin, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, Statistics, Studio Art: 2D Design, Studio Art: 3D Design, Studio Art: Drawing, US Government and Politics, US History, World History
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Dress code but no uniform

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Nursery $18,530–$23,150 Jr. Kindergarten $19,720-$24,640 Kindergarten $31,460 Grades 1–4 $33,100 Grades 5–8 $40,850 Grades 9–12 $41,530
% on Financial Aid
18%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$24,421
Acceptance Rate
63%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Geordie Mitchell
Admissions Associate
Keri Worth

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
50 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Amnesty International, Chess Club, Coding, Design and Innovation, Diversity Alliance, Economics and Investment Club, Entrepreneurs Club, Extended Day, French Class, Green Team, Homework Club, LGBTQ Alliance, Mandarin Chinese Class, Mental Health Awareness Club, Mindfulness and Wellness, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Newspaper Club, Philanthropy, Physics Squad, Political Science Analysis and Discussion, Public Speaking, Robotics Team, Science Olympiad, Service Learning, Sigma Math League, Spanish, Student Diversity Leadership Club, Virtual Reality, Writing Club, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Band and Orchestra, Ceramics, Choir, Drama Club, Drawing and Painting, Film Production, Graphic Design, Junior Theater, Musical Theater, Musical Theory, Percussion, Photography, Play Production, Strings Program, Technical Theater

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Little Torrey Cheer, Little Torrey Flag Football, Little Torrey Soccer, Yoga

School Notes

  • Bring your child of character who is willing to work hard, and we will provide access to resources and mentors in a "what if" environment that surrounds your child with the greatest opportunity to achieve greatness.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Cindy Cohen Marten ’84 - U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education
    • Jared Polis ’93 - Governor of Colorado
    • Kelsey Plum ’13 - Professional Basketball Player, Las Vegas Aces, back-to-back WNBA Championships (2023, 2022), Olympic Gold Medal Winner (2020), FIBA World Cup (2022, 2018)
    • Agnes Chu '98 - Former president of Condé Nast Entertainment, former VP of The Walt Disney Company CEO office, former SVP of content for Disney+.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does La Jolla Country Day School cost?
La Jolla Country Day School's tuition is approximately $41,530 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of La Jolla Country Day School?
The acceptance rate of La Jolla Country Day School is 63%, which is lower than the national average of 84%. La Jolla Country Day School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in California with low acceptance rates.
Who are famous alumni from La Jolla Country Day School?
La Jolla Country Day School famous alumni include: Cindy Cohen Marten ’84, Jared Polis ’93, Kelsey Plum ’13 and Agnes Chu '98.
Does La Jolla Country Day School offer a summer program?
Yes, La Jolla Country Day School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does La Jolla Country Day School offer?
La Jolla Country Day School offers 26 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Climbing, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball and Water Polo. La Jolla Country Day School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in California for most sports offered.
What is La Jolla Country Day School's ranking?
La Jolla Country Day School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Largest student body, Most AP courses offered, Most sports offered, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for La Jolla Country Day School?
The application deadline for La Jolla Country Day School is Feb. 1.

School Calendar

View the La Jolla Country Day School yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

Event
Date
Spring Break - No School
March 25, 2024 (Monday)
Spring Break - No School
March 26, 2024 (Tuesday)
Spring Break - No School
March 27, 2024 (Wednesday)
Spring Break - No School
March 28, 2024 (Thursday)
Spring Break - No School
March 29, 2024 (Friday)

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
5  
My kids entered LJCDS in K and JK respectively, and the past three years we have spent here have been years of astonishing growth and development. While the academic curriculum is rigorous, the emphasis is equally on children taking responsibility for their own behavior and learning how to be successful human beings and treating others with civility and dignity. The teachers take personal interest in each and every student and know their strengths, weaknesses, and how to motivate them, and our children have flourished as a result. While we can`t speak for the trials of middle school or high school quite yet, it has been a great experience thus far.
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5  
Dr. Krahn is an exceptional Head of School. He is forward thinking and a visionary. The staff and adminstration reflect his positivity and go above and beyond for each student. Our daughter entered LJCDS in 7th grade and had a successful year, academically and socially. The athletics department is superb and gives every student the opportunity to play sports at any level. We are so happy we chose LJCDS and hope to have our son attend next year too! I would highly recommend this school for all ages and grades!
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5  
LJCDS has been a great fit for my kids: flexible enough to mold the experience to fit each child, rigorous enough to challenge them, and caring enough to help them grow into a well-adjusted, community-oriented "achiever". The school has long had the reputation of being progressive in its concern for the dignity of each student while providing a structure around which to build a whole person.
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5  
La Jolla Country Day School offers students an outstanding environment to learn, grow and discover. Our daughter began LJCDS as a shy introvert but today she is a confident, inquisitive learner who wants to make the world better for all.
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5  
My children have excelled at LJCDS in both academics and their social/emotional development. The teachers are exceptional and both of my kids get individualized teaching and time vs other schools where they were expected to mold into a traditional learning style.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Enrollment: 1,157 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $41,530
  • Acceptance rate: 63%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1
  • Source: Verified school update

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