The Gillispie School

  • The Gillispie School, named La Jolla's Best Private Elementary School, is an independent, coeducational day school enrolling students from age two through Grade Six.
  • Our school community is devoted to educational excellence, and our program serves as a springboard for children’s love of learning, creativity, and readiness for the future.
  • We value kindness, respect, and individual commitment to the larger world.
  • Our expansive campus is located in downtown La Jolla, and includes a fine arts center, early childhood art atelier, science bungalow, sustainable garden, and library.
  • Two playgrounds, a sports field, and gymnasium provide areas for recess and physical education.
  • Students benefit from San Diego's numerous natural and intellectual resources.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-6
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Please inquire.
Year Founded 1953

Student Body

Total Students 291 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
21%
State avg.: 43%
Students by Grade The Gillispie School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 11:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 12 students

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Admissions Director Brittany Wiczek

School Notes

  • The Gillispie School, named La Jolla's Best Private Elementary School, is an independent, coeducational day school enrolling students from age two through Grade Six. Our school community is devoted to educational excellence, and our program serves as a springboard for children’s love of learning, creativity, and readiness for the future. We value kindness, respect, and individual commitment to the larger world. â€‹
  • Our expansive campus is located in downtown La Jolla, and includes a fine arts center, early childhood art atelier, science bungalow, sustainable garden, and library. Two playgrounds, a sports field, and gymnasium provide areas for recess and physical education. Students benefit from San Diego's numerous natural and intellectual resources. 
  • Gillispie is a school where children can’t wait to arrive, never want to leave, and are eager to share their day’s adventures with families and friends. The synergy of forward thinking teachers, administrators, families and mentors provides the nurturing support that allows children to take risks, be creative, and think independently. Encouraged by exemplary and passionate teachers to express their knowledge and opinions, children become lifelong learners and critical thinkers. We use time, financial resources and physical space to create an environment that develops confident, competent children of character. 
  • For more information, visit www.gillispie.org or contact us at 858-459-3773. 

Profile last updated: 09/23/2015

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  5/17/2016
We LOVE Gillispie!! It's more than another school; it's an environment, culture and extended family we feel blessed to be part of. Gillispie completely squashed my preconceived notions of private/independent schools.
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5  5/17/2016
My son attends Gillispie and we love this school. He looks forward to going to school every day. He is in the Early Childhood program, and the emphasis of the program is not on rote memorization but on socialization, critical thinking, and individual development. I was skeptical of the school's approach at first, but now I am a true believer. I''ve seen what they teach in action, and we are so pleased by our son's development, his love of learning (even at such an early age), and his enthusiasm for working on the various projects at school.
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