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Community Service

The Community Service program was established over 25 years ago to teach and inspire our young scholars to develop a sense of social responsibility, empathy and connection to their local and global community. Today, service weaves through the fabric of life at LJCDS through athletics, the arts, student leadership development and character education. Our goal is to instill the lifelong habit of service in every student to make the world a better place. 

Our Program

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  • Lower School

    The program for Tiny Torreys and the kindergarten focuses on outreach efforts with our neighboring police and fire departments and various animal shelters.

    In Grade 1, students engage in cross-generational work with three visits to Vi Assisted Living. Feeding America works with our second graders as they learn about hunger in San Diego, particularly as it affects local school children. In addition to donating items, students pack and prepare thousands of pounds of fresh produce each year.

    Our Grades 3 and 4 initiatives have an environmental component. In Grade 3, students partner with Olivewood Gardens in National City to learn about the nutritional value of healthy food and its power in curbing obesity in low-income communities. They also learn how to garden, harvest and compost. Our fourth-grade efforts connect students to the Living Coast Discovery Center where students learn about coastal animals, plants and habitats. They also help fundraise to support the work of the center.
  • Middle School

    While our Middle School program continues to include grade-level projects, we transition our opportunities to student-led initiatives through the efforts of our elected Middle School Advisory Council.

    Grade 5 students work in their geography and English classes to support the School of St. Jude in Arusha, Tanzania.

    Grade 6 students spend a full day touring and volunteering at the Helen Woodward Animal Shelter and offer ongoing support as a class to the shelter.

    In Grade 7, each student designs a six-hour service project. Many of these short commitments turn into lifelong passions that extend into the Upper School and beyond.

    Our eighth-grade leadership team works yearlong to promote Middle- and all-school community service opportunities. Some traditions include Kids’ News Day, a canned food drive, Operation Smile Week of Smiles, Penny Wars and the Giving Tree. 
  • Upper School

    Community service in the Upper School is student-led and student-driven. The Community Service Board (CSB) is a select group of students who create, plan and implement Upper School and schoolwide initiatives. Service is the perfect tool for the development of ethical student leaders. Through developing service projects, our students learn how to raise awareness, speak passionately and articulately and motivate and inspire others. 
    Upper School students also work together with the community service director to find meaningful off-campus opportunities that match their interests and talents. Their individual service reinforces responsibility, generosity and dependability.
    Students are required to complete 40 hours of service as a graduation requirement that includes giving 10 hours of service to the school. Most students graduate with well over 100 hours.
    Our global service projects have been a mainstay of the Upper School program for the last 11 years with trips to Tijuana, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Thailand, India, Tanzanian and Ghana. Participants work before and after the trip to bring their experiences back to campus. 
    Student tutoring and peer education are also key components in the Upper School. Working with our Learning Resource Center, many Upper School students work daily to support younger Upper, Middle and Lower School students. Our TRACE (Teens Respond to AIDS with Caring and Education Program) was established by one of our sophomores in 1992.  After completing a 20-training period, TRACE peer educators teach lessons in anatomy, physiology, teen pregnancy, birth control, sexually transmissible infections and HIV/AIDS. 

Country Day has really allowed me to grasp the concept of what it means to give back to the community.”
–Julian Davis ’17


Meet Julian Davis '17

La Jolla Country Day School

9490 Genesee Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

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