La Jolla Country Day School
5.00 (5 reviews)
- 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.
La Jolla Country Day School places among the top 20% of private schools in California for:
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)|
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
|Grades Offered||Grades Nursery/Preschool-12|
|Summer School Offered||Yes|
|Summer Program Details||Link to Summer Program Details|
|Total Students||1,105 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 44%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||139 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||8:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||16 students|
|Number of AP Courses||21 courses|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
(Dress code but no uniform)
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Feb. 2|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$34,550|
|Tuition Notes||Nursery $15,440-$19,300 Jr. Kindergarten $16,400-$20,500 Kindergarten $28,500 Grades 1–4 $28,990 Grades 5–8 $33,990 Grades 9–12 $34,550|
|% on Financial Aid|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Inez Odom|
|Admissions Associate||Keri Worth|
|Total Sports Offered||25 sports|
|Sports||Baseball, 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 PoloBaseball, Basketball,|
Cross Country, Dance,
Fencing, Field Hockey,
Flag Football, Football,
Golf, Ice Hockey,
Lacrosse, Rock Climbing,
Surf Team, Swimming,
Tennis, Track and Field,
Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||21 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Club or Organization:|
3D Printing: Make Your Own Inventions, Chess - Middle School, Chess Academy, Computer Programming, Extended Day, Homework Club, Lower School Spanish, Mandarin Chinese Class, Spanish
Arts and Music Programs:
Cello Ensemble, Cello Lessons, Drawing for Kindergarten, Junior Theater
Recreational Athletic Programs:
Boys Club Lacrosse, Flag Football, Girls Club Lacrosse, Little Torrey Cheer, Little Torrey Flag Football, Little Torrey Soccer, Torrey Boys Lacrosse, Yoga
- 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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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.
- Posted by Parent - vbowman
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!
- Posted by Parent - Alaleh
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.
- Posted by Parent - neosh
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.
- Posted by Parent - pamel
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.
- Posted by Parent - elese
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