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Early Childhood Center

Please note:  Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be available as of October 1st, 2019. Tours will commence as of October 1st, 2019.

Applying to the Early Childhood Center

Choosing La Jolla Country Day School's (LJCDS) Early Childhood Center for your child is a positive step in his or her life. We welcome children who exhibit a willingness to learn and families who embrace our desire to nurture scholars, artists and athletes of character.

Early Childhood Center Application Process

Our Early Childhood Center includes our Tiny Torreys program (age 3 students) and junior kindergarten program (age 4 students).  Please note that children need to be age 3 for Tiny Torreys or age 4 for junior kindergarten by August 30th of the year they will be attending.
The priority application deadline is February 1, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Please complete the online application.  
  • Once you have submitted the application, you will be directed to your checklist.  Your checklist will show you next steps, which will include forms that need to be submitted and appointments that need to be scheduled. 
  • If your child is applying to grades TT - 1, please note that we will be administering the Gesell Early Screener (GES). This test will be taken at LJCDS and will cost $50. 
  • If your checklist does not show up immediately after submitting the online application, please allow up to 24 hours for it to display on your child’s application.   

Considerations for Admission

  • Strong character
  • Skills or qualifications to successfully participate in and meet the standards of the school's ambitious program
  • Maturity
  • Affiliation with the school—special consideration for available space is given to qualified children of faculty/staff/administration, siblings of current students, and children of alumni who fit within the range of students best served by LJCDS
  • Diversity and gender balance
  • Appropriateness of match between family and the school including a parental commitment to establish a supportive partnership with the LJCDS community
  • Potential for success as an Early Childhood/Lower School student
  • Social and emotional readiness to handle transitions, social interactions with familiar adults, and the routine and schedule of the day.