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Who We Are

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  • Our Why

    Inspiring greatness for a better world.
  • Mission

    La Jolla Country Day School prepares individuals for a lifetime of intellectual exploration, personal growth and social responsibility.
  • Vision

    La Jolla Country Day School will be known, first and foremost, as a welcoming, diverse community in which students will be inspired by transformational teachers to contribute to the world in substantive and meaningful ways.
  • Core Values

    We believe in the DIGNITY of all people because every human has inherent value and self-worth. Dignity can mean many things to many people. At La Jolla Country Day School, we value: 

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  • Diversity

    We embrace and advance the diversity of our student body, faculty, staff, board of trustees and community partners to foster an enduring interest in divergent ideas, concepts and cultures.
  • Inclusion and Safety

    We create and sustain an inclusive and equitable community that affirms the identities of all individuals to provide everyone an opportunity to thrive. 
  • Collaboration

    We make connections and cultivate meaningful relationships through the power of collaboration to help ourselves and others lead happier, healthier and more purposeful lives.
  • Student Independence and Growth

    We teach students how to think, not what to think. We strive to instill a sense of independence and self-confidence so that they can discover their authentic selves and advocate for what they believe.
“When we extend dignity to others, we open ourselves to the possibility of becoming more caring, more loving and compassionate–in a word, more human.” —Donna Hicks, Ph.D.

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  • Strategic Initiatives

    Our six strategic initiatives are designed to bridge our vision and the goals needed to achieve them. They detail the objectives necessary to advance our school.

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  • 1. Elevate the student experience.

    We cannot ration the information our students can draw upon throughout their lives. Instead, we must provide them with the ability to access the unbounded world of knowledge. We must prepare our students to embark on a lifetime of learning and discovery. Our students cannot just passively absorb subject matter; they must be true learners, actively exploring their environment. We must teach them learning skills that will set them on the path to self-directed learning.
  • 2. Empower educators.

    Teachers are arguably the most important members of our school community. They provide children with purpose and perspective and inspire a drive to do well and succeed in life. Teachers hold students accountable for their successes and failures, and great teachers position their talented students to reach their full potential.
  • 3. Honor and leverage human diversity.

    Every culture, every nationality and every person sees the world in a different way. Similarly, every culture, nationality and person has different knowledge, perspectives and points of view. When these views are shared, learning, creativity and innovation can thrive.
  • 4. Explore and experiment with ideas.

    Civilizations advance because of people's ability to share ideas. We believe that we will only continue to progress as a civilization if we always leave some room for doubt and some room for discussion. An open mind in search of the truth is essential for the future of humankind.
  • 5. Enhance physical structures and facilities.

    An intangible power emanates from the spaces in which we live, learn and work. It touches and shapes our behavior, perceptions and interactions. When designed well, a space can make one feel deeply appreciative of the amazing people who are part of the community.
  • 6. Pioneer the ethical use of digital technologies.

    Technology cuts across all learning activities and includes instructional or academic technology, LJCDS' technology infrastructure and systems, and emerging trends in students' use of technology. The process of renewing the curriculum should inform the technology planning process.

Non-discrimination Statement and Policy:
 La Jolla Country Day School admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students. Consistent with its obligations under the law, La Jolla Country Day School prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in the administration of the School's programs and activities.

La Jolla Country Day School

9490 Genesee Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

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