La Jolla Country Day School

  • La Jolla Country Day School exists to inspire greatness for a better world.
  • We are committed to developing a culture and community of faculty, staff, students, alumni and families who believe in something bigger than themselves.
  • We're committed to fostering a culture of dignity.  How a student learns may be more important than what a student learns.
  • The journey of education requires the blending of knowledge with the process of synthesizing ideas and creating wisdom.
  • 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.

Top Placements

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

School Overview

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

Student Body

Total Students1105 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade La Jolla Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers139 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
Number of AP Courses21 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Dress code but no uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 2
Yearly Tuition Cost$34,550
Tuition NotesNursery $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
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorInez Odom


Total Sports Offered23 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Climbing, Cross Country, 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 CountryEquestrian,
FencingField Hockey,
Flag FootballFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,
LacrosseRock Climbing,
Surf TeamSwimming,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,
Water Polo


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.23 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, Persian/Farsi Language Class, Spanish

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Through the Ages, 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

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.
Show me:
Show me:
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • San Diego
    Grades: PK-12 | 1227 students
    7.6 miles
    6501 Linda Vista Rd
    San Diego, CA 92111
    7.6 PK-12
  • La Jolla
    Grades: 6-12 | 800 students
    4.5 miles
    7607 La Jolla Blvd
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    4.5 6-12
  • La Jolla
    Grades: NS-6 | 275 students
    4.3 miles
    7380 Girard Avenue
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    4.3 NS-6
  • National City
    San Diego Academy
    (Seventh Day Adventist)
    Grades: K-12 | 283 students
    15.3 miles
    2800 E 4th St
    National City, CA 91950
    15.3 K-12
  • San Diego
    Grades: NS-6 | 153 students
    5.6 miles
    3975 Torrington Street
    San Diego, CA 92130
    5.6 NS-6

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.
- Posted by
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
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
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
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

Endorse La Jolla Country Day School. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Name or Alias:

Your review:

Endorse this school:
Recent Articles
Private school tuition seems to go nowhere but up. We look at some of the reasons why and offer the opinion that a private school education is still good value.
It seems to be highly likely that the COVID-19 virus will spread to the United States. We look at step schools and parents can take to protect themselves from this highly contagious virus.
This article aggregates all the articles I have written about running a small private school. Use it as a handbook and a reminder of things you should look at from time to time.
Request Information
I am a:      
Name of parent:
Student First name:
Student Middle name:
Student Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
Applying for financial aid?:
Please describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student.:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)
Did You Know?
The average acceptance rate in La Jolla, CA is 73% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).