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Upper School Curriculum

The Upper School offers students a wide range of choices through the core curriculum, electives and activities to maintain our mission of educating the whole child. Our courses prepare students with the discipline and skills to succeed in college and beyond. Learn more about the curriculum in each academic department below, click here for a PDF of all Upper School course descriptions, or view just the course list by department here.

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Graduation Requirements

  • English 4.0 credits: English I, II, III and IV required
  • History and Social Science 3.0 credits: World history, U.S. history and Humanities seminar required

Math 3.0 credits: Algebra II or Math III required

World Language 2.0 credits: Two years and through level 3 required

Science 3.0 credits: Physics, Chemistry and Biology required

Fine Arts 1.0 credit: One year-long course required

A minimum of 20 academic credits are required for graduation. Students must carry at least five courses per semester per year. The only exception is for seniors, who can carry four courses if all graduation requirements have been met and all four of those courses are AP courses. The Upper School offers Advanced Placement options in English, American history, European history, United States government, calculus, statistics, chemistry, biology, physics, French, Spanish, psychology, studio art, art history and music.

Unless otherwise noted, all courses listed are approved by the University of California to meet their minimum requirements for admission. The La Jolla Country Day School graduation requirements are aligned to meet or exceed UC/Cal State University requirements.

Additional Requirements

  • Freshman Orientation: participation
  • Experiential Education: 3 years of participation
  • Health and Wellness: one semester
  • Dignity: one semester
  • Service Learning: visit this link for a program description and graduation requirement
  • Physical Education/Athletics: all freshmen must participate in a team sport for one season

Each semester, a student must carry a minimum of five courses.
Students can carry a maximum of six courses per semester.

: Seniors may take four courses if all are AP classes and they have permission from the head of Upper School.

I think, rather, that putting together a balanced schedule of classes is an important ingredient in every student’s recipe for happiness and ultimate success. I want to help students create balance and put themselves in a position to be happy, successful and the best version of themselves."

Dave Jenkins,
 Assistant Head of Upper School for Student Life and College Counseling


Social responsibility is an integral part of the philosophy of LJCDS. The school mentors students to become lifelong service leaders who act with honor and integrity. Upper School students demonstrate community engagement and service-learning by participating in a variety of service opportunities both on campus and in local and global communities. Our model provides a foundation for giving back beginning with school-sponsored opportunities in partnership with local nonprofits and culminating in independent service projects and reflection in the senior year.

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