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.
  • 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1926
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students1,107 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade La Jolla Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers233 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
Number of AP Courses29 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, French Language and Culture, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Physics 2, Physics C, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, Statistics, Studio Art, US Government and Politics, US History, World History
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Dress code but no uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost$37,130
Tuition NotesNursery $16,560-$20,690 Jr. Kindergarten $17,620-$22,020 Kindergarten $28,500 Grades 1–4 $29,990 Grades 5–8 $36,510 Grades 9–12 $37,130
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$25,195
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorGeordie Mitchell
Admissions AssociateKeri Worth


Total Sports Offered25 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Climbing, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Flag Football, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Water PoloBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
FencingField Hockey,
Flag FootballFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,
LacrosseRock Climbing,
Surf TeamSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,
Water Polo


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.34 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
3D Printing: Make Your Own Inventions, Amnesty International, Chess Club, Coding, Design and Innovation, Diversity Alliance, Extended Day, French Class, Green Team, Homework Club, LGBTQ Alliance, Mandarin Chinese Class, Mental Health Awareness Club, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Philanthropy, Public Speaking, Robotics Team, Science Olympiad, Service Learning, Sigma Math League, Spanish, Virtual Reality, Writing Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Band and Orchestra, Choir, Film Production, Junior Theater, Musical Theater, 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.

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • San Diego
    Grades: NS-12 | 1227 students
    7.6 miles
    6501 Linda Vista Rd
    San Diego, CA 92111
    (858) 596-7900
    7.6 NS-12
  • La Jolla
    Grades: 6-12 | 750 students
    4.5 miles
    7607 La Jolla Blvd
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    (858) 459-4021
    4.5 6-12
  • La Jolla
    Grades: PK-6 | 304 students
    4.3 miles
    7380 Girard Avenue
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    (858) 459-3773
    4.3 PK-6
  • Chula Vista
    Grades: PK-12 | 352 students
    21.6 miles
    1771 E Palomar Street
    Chula Vista, CA 91913
    (619) 591-2260
    21.6 PK-12
  • National City
    San Diego Academy
    (Seventh Day Adventist)
    Grades: K-12 | 254 students
    15.3 miles
    2800 E 4th St
    National City, CA 91950
    (619) 267-9550
    15.3 K-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
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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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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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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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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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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