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Early Childhood Center

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.
Welcome to our Phase 2 application process.  We will work with late applicants during Phase 2 on a space available basis.
The priority application deadline was February 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • Applications received after February 1, 2019 will be considered on a space available basis after April 8, 2019.
  • 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 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.