Academics
Middle School

A Distinct Approach

A Distinct Approach

The Middle School program is designed to nurture the intellectual, ethical, social/emotional and physical development of young scholars during their transition from childhood to adolescence. During this time, we challenge our young people to develop independent thinking, innovation and leadership. Students prepare for the Upper School by gradually transitioning from fixed classrooms with one teacher to rotating classrooms with multiple teachers. Students experiencing such rapid growth flourish in an educational environment that is distinctly different from either the Lower or Upper School models.

Our young scholars experience a dramatic shift in both their cognitive abilities and their socio-emotional awareness. We foster this growth by structuring the curriculum around discussions and activities that connect the subjects learned in the classroom with the world beyond our walls. Emphasis on organization, critical thinking and the development of our pillars of character is central to all learning.
We are focused on building our team; a team that is led by students and supported by teachers. Given this model, it is important that as a community of dedicated educators. We inspire our students to take risks; to master a task despite the number of attempts; to push through obstacles and to articulate or defend an idea regardless if in the end we find successes or failure. Inspiration arouses a student from indifference to opportunity and is best supported in a collaborative forum.

Character


Middle School faculty value each “teachable moment,” taking opportunities to prepare students for personal growth and social responsibility.

  • Character development is a critical component of curriculum on all grade levels.
  • Grades 5–6: gender-specific life-skills classes  
  • Grades 7–8: “Facing History and Ourselves” project explores the concepts of citizenship, tolerance and understanding.
  • Student-driven community service projects
  • Outdoor education program activities emphasize teamwork, communication, negotiation and trust.

Scholar


The academic curriculum provides core courses that challenge the intellectual artistic and athletic development of each student and electives that spark new passions.

  • Foundational courses include English, mathematics, science, history and world languages.
  • Enriching co-curriculum includes a variety of electives including public speaking, forensic science, drafting, multimedia and environmental science.
  • Progress of each student is monitored by an advisor, the grade level team of teachers, the dean of students and the Middle School director.

Artist


The Arts at La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) gives students endless opportunities for expressions and self-discovery in a variety of media. On-campus art exhibitions, performances of Shakespeare’s plays in the Four Flowers Theater and the Pep Band are just a few examples. Various opportunities exist:

  • Drawing
  • 3D Art
  • Engineering Design and Construction
  • Painting
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Technical Theater
  • Band
  • Strings
  • Vocal Music




Athlete


The athletic program provides students opportunities to develop physically, mentally, socially and emotionally. Grades 56 students focus on building skills that will help them compete in the interscholastic teams available to Grades 78 students. Athletic options are various:

  • Flag football
  • Lacrosse
  • Cross Country
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Baseball
  • Strength Conditioning
  • Yoga
  • Tennis
  • Fencing
  • Cheerleading