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Welcome from Dr. Gary Krahn

Welcome to La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS), a premier independent college-preparatory school serving students from age 3 through Grade 12. We welcome you to explore our unique school where the values of a classic education are enhanced with an enlightened mindset. It is a place where proven and progressive meet. At LJCDS, we are committed to “Inspiring Greatness for a Better World.”

For nearly 100 years, since 1926, LJCDS has honored and nurtured the founding goal of Louise C. Balmer: preparing our children to be leaders in the community. Not only known for our rich history, strong traditions and national reputation for excellence, LJCDS is also highly regarded for its devotion to its students. We know our students, respect their individuality, and support and love them.  

How a student learns may be more important than what a student learns. Great American author and philosopher Henry David Thoreau once said, “What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook,” a powerful critique of formal education.

“Inspiring Greatness for a Better World” at a school should not only leave some brooks free to meander, it should expand the streams of thought by which students understand, examine and solve problems. 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. Furthermore, we are a place where educators thoughtfully expose our students to the world and link the world to our students.

Developing habits of the mind and heart in our students is a cherished opportunity. Here, students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit outstanding artistic and athletic achievements while embracing the attributes of compassion and integrity. I am thankful to be part of this remarkable community at this time in our school’s history. Sharing in the stewardship of our most precious treasure—students whose lives are transformed through the LJCDS experience—is a profound privilege. I encourage you to explore our website, visit our campus and open the door to an education that “Inspires Greatness for a Better World.”

Warmly,
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Gary W. Krahn, Ph.D.
Head of School