Although La Jolla Country Day School’s campus is closed due to the COVID-19 situation, we are still in operation and continue to support families who are interested in the opportunities available at LJCDS.
Considerations for Admission
Academic readiness or qualifications to successfully participate in and meet the academic standards of the school's ambitious college preparatory program
Exceptional talent in the arts and/or athletics
LJCDS affiliation; special consideration for available space is given to qualified children of faculty/staff/administration, siblings of current students and children of alumni
La Jolla Country Day School’s Office of Admission is open for business virtually and delighted to work with children and their families beginning April 6, 2020, via email, phone, live chat online and video conferencing.
The Office of Admission is pleased to work with families on a space-available basis by grade level. We will pre-screen applicants in Grades 5–11 to assess their readiness for our academic program by requesting unofficial copies of progress reports or transcripts from the current and previous year. If the student has any sort of standardized testing, including the ISEE, ERB, MAP, STAR or other testing that illustrates math and English aptitude, we will review that as well.
Should the pre-screening be favorable, we will encourage the student and their family to submit the online application. The online application will have a checklist of items that have been modified to reflect the current situation of working in a virtual setting.
In response to the COVID-19 situation, we have developed a virtual admission process to support families at this time.
Online application is submitted.
Family receives access to a checklist on our admission platform and completes the following elements through the online application:
Upload unofficial transcripts—current and previous year. Parent copies are fine.
Parent emails recommendations requests to current math and English teachers and administrator.*
Parent questionnaire. Complete through the online admission application.
Student questionnaire. Complete through the online admission application.
Upload standardized testing within the last year (ISEE, ERB, MAPS, STAR, Stanford).
Schedule an interview via video conferencing with parent(s)/guardian(s) and student by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Optional: Upload video (2-3 minutes) illustrating who the student is and what they enjoy. *If the current teacher is unable or unavailable to provide a recommendation due to COVID-19, recommendations will be accepted from coaches, past teachers, clergy, art teachers, club leaders, etc. If the recommender will be someone other than the current math or English teacher or administrator, please contact email@example.com.
For students applying to Tiny Torreys–Grade 4, we will assess the child's readiness using current teacher and administrator recommendations, progress reports/report cards and virtual interviews that will include informal virtual assessments. We will also ask families to share any standardized assessments, formal school assessments, or developmental screenings that have been completed in the past year.
For students applying to Grades 5–12, unless satisfactory standardized testing can be provided, La Jolla Country Day School will proctor an exam in real time with applicants that will encompass both math and English. This will be a real-time commitment of 90 minutes on the part of the applicant.
The test will be scheduled for a particular date and time. A number of students will be tested at the same time. The test will be proctored and students will be asked to complete the work without assistance.
The English portion of the test will be a writing prompt that students will see on their computer screen. They then will be provided with 30 minutes to complete the prompt in real time.
Priority consideration of the admission cycle concluded as of February 1, 2020. We are now entering phase 2 of the 2020–2021 admission cycle, which begins on April 6 and concludes on June 1, 2020. As completed applications are received during this period, the admission committee shares decisions on the 1st and 15th of the month. Given the unusual circumstances of COVID-19, our goal will be to convene the committee weekly to provide families with expedited responses.
We will engage with parents through a parent/student video conferencing interview. The Office of Admission team is also delighted to coordinate video conferencing calls and phone calls with key members of our school community.
We are pleased to invite you to engage with our virtual tour. Until such time as we are able to welcome you to our physical campus, we believe this virtual tour will provide you with a wonderful way to learn about our school and see it for yourself.
We are still accepting financial assistance applications, yet we have a financial assistance waitpool. The likelihood of receiving financial assistance at this stage of the process is limited. We encourage you to contact Brian Murphy, director of financial assistance and enrollment management, at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific questions. Please familiarize yourself with our financial assistance policies in advance of the call by visiting this webpage.