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Visual and Performing Arts Opportunities Abound

Visual and Performing Arts are an integral part of the Country Day curriculum starting with our Tiniest Torreys through Grade 12. Some of the highlights include: Grandparents’ Day, Spring Sing, Drama & Musical Productions, Vocal & Instrumental Music Concerts, Dance Shows and an All School Art Show. The community also plays a part in providing rich collaborations. Visiting artists include Malashock Dance, Pat Rincon Dance Collective and The La Jolla Playhouse.

The La Jolla Country Day School artist emerges from the many opportunities within our performing and visual arts department. Challenged and mentored by talented and experienced artist-teachers in music, art, drama, and dance, students unleash their creative energies through a variety of artistic interpretations and media.

The Arts at All Grade Levels

Lower School Arts

Middle School Arts

Upper School Arts

Lower School

  • Program emphasizes art as a process for communicating ideas.
  • Students learn art concepts and skills that facilitate individual expression with a wide variety of materials in two and three dimensional formats.
  • Music curriculum covers three domains:  singing and instrumental experiences, music rudiments, and music appreciation.

Middle School

  • All students in 5th & 6th grades learn to play a band or orchestral instrument and also have art twice a week.
  • 7th & 8th grade students choose from a wealth of electives in the Visual & Performing Arts.
  • Students have opportunities for field trips within the community and festival trips for music adjudications and workshops.

Upper School

  • Arts curricula include 2 & 3-D Studio Art, Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Film, Vocal & Instrumental Music, Drama, Technical Theater and Dance.
  • Opportunities through audition are available for Honors Band & Orchestra, Madrigal Singers and Glee Club.
  • All students are eligible to audition for the yearly musical and drama productions.

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State-of-the-Art Facilities

La Jolla Country Day's state-of-the-art facilities include The Four Flowers Theater, a dedicated dance studio, orchestra and band rehearsal and performance spaces, and a digital recording studio, enabling students to compose and record their own original music. The Jacobs Family library houses our Art Gallery which showcases both student and selected professional artists’ work.

The Visual Arts and Science Center (VASC) is an elegant building set around a tree-lined courtyard designed as outdoor teaching space. A photovoltaic energy system, designed to educate students on sustainable energy use, was built into the structure. The VASC houses the Lower, Middle, and Upper School art studios complete with a ceramics studio, graphics design lab, and resource project rooms.

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