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How to Apply Virtually

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.

Financial Assistance

If you are considering applying for financial assistance for the 2020–2021 academic year, please contact Brian Murphy, director of financial assistance and enrollment management, at bmurphy@ljcds.org, prior to engaging the admission process.

Considerations for Admission

  • Strong character
  • 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
  • Maturity
  • LJCDS affiliation; special consideration for available space is given to qualified children of faculty/staff/administration, siblings of current students and children of alumni
  • Diversity (race, ethnic, gender, socioeconomic) balance
  • Appropriateness of match between family and the school, including parental commitment to establish a supportive partnership with the LJCDS community

Virtual Engagement FAQs

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the age requirement for the Early Childhood Center and Lower School?

    The age requirement is as follows:

    GradeAge by August 31
    Tiny Torreys3
    Jr. Kind4
  • How do I engage in the admission process virtually?

    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.
  • What are your hours?

    The Office of Admission will be working virtually from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. PST, Monday through Friday. We have a live chat feature available during these hours as well.
  • Are you still accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year?

    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.
  • What happens after pre-screening?

    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.
  • How will the admission committee learn about my child?

    In response to the COVID-19 situation, we have developed a virtual admission process to support families at this time. 

    1. Pre-screen process. Please send a personal copy of transcripts, progress reports or grades as well as any type of standardized testing to admission@ljcds.org
    2. Online application is submitted. 
    3. 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 admission@ljcds.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 admission@ljcds.org.

  • How will you assess my child’s readiness for the LJCDS academic program?

    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.
  • When and how will decisions be shared?

    Priority consideration of the admission cycle concluded as of February 1, 2020. We are now entering Phase 3 of the 2020-2021 admission cycle, which begins on June 1 and concludes on August 3. In Phase 3, we will be working with families on a space availability basis. 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.
  • How will I engage as a parent? How do we get to know the school?

    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.
  • Can I tour your school?

    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. 

    Experience the 360° tour in virtual reality (VR). From your VR device, click on “Settings” in the bottom right-hand corner and be transported to campus.
  • Are you still accepting financial assistance applications?

    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 bmurphy@ljcds.org for specific questions. Please familiarize yourself with our financial assistance policies in advance of the call by visiting this webpage.

Immunization Policy

Under a strict law, SB277, families will no longer have the option of claiming exemption from California vaccination requirements based on personal beliefs.

As of July 1, 2016, all children must be fully immunized before enrolling in public or private school or daycare.

Please note that no student will be allowed to attend La Jolla Country Day School (or any other public, private or charter school in California) if they do not meet California vaccination requirements—this is the law.

Children with medical conditions, who meet specific criteria, may be exempt with a written statement from their doctor. Personal belief exemptions already on file for a child currently attending La Jolla Country Day School will remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint at kindergarten or Grade 7.

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