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Upper School Team

Gary Krahn, Ph.D.
Head of School
(858) 453-3440 x240

Colleen O'Boyle
Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs
(858) 453-3440 x251

Tom Trocano
Head of Upper School
(858) 453-3440 x464

Rachel Clouser, Ed.D.
Assistant Head of Upper School for Student Life and Faculty Enrichment
(858) 453-3440 x170

David Jenkins
Assistant Head of Upper School for Student Life
(858) 453-3440 x221

Jennifer Boock
Upper School
Administrative Assistant
(858) 453-3440 x126

Getting Started: Upper School

The purpose of this page is to provide you with an initial launching point for your introduction to Upper School (Grades 9–12) at La Jolla Country Day School. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Get to Know Country Day Families
Ice Cream Social at LJCDS
Date: August 16
4-5:30 p.m.

Upper School New Family Gatherings

You will have opportunities to RSVP (through an e-vite) for a summer gathering date to meet other new students, current students and parents. 

Upper School Placement Tests 
New students need to take a math placement test. They will also need to take a world language placement test if they would like to take a class that is higher than level I. Please RSVP here.

Math (in-person)
Please complete the form and mark out of town and we will contact you directly.

World Language (virtual)
Self-proctored online between Wednesday, May 17 & Saturday, August 19

Virtual Grade 9 New Family Orientation
Please click the links below for information from the virtual orientation.

Virtual Grade 9 and 10 Student Academics Orientation and Course Selection
Please click here to watch the recorded meeting from 4/19.
Please click here for the slides from the meeting.
2023-2024 LJCDS Courses Offered 
2023-2024 LJCDS Curriculum Guide 
Visual and Performing Arts Classes and Electives

Please complete the appropriate form by May 12, 2023.

Summer School Programs
Please click here for all summer school information.

Grade 9 specific course - register here 

AM/US–Introduction to Upper School (Grade 9) 
This three-day course is designed to prepare new and returning Torreys for a great experience in Upper School. Students meet new friends and foster connections to start the school year feeling at home on their new campus. Working with classroom educators, the head librarian and athletic director, students navigate the learning management system and Google Drive, set up lockers, learn effective study skills, Upper School expectations, take a deep dive into research and learn about the athletic program. 

  • Sign-up July 1 for the July 25–27 (No class July 24 and July 28) session
8:30–11:30 a.m. 
Min/Max: 8/16
Led by LJCDS Upper School World Language Educator Daniella Aviles, Upper School Humanities Educator Kailey Giordano, Ph.D., Upper School Science Educator Aakash Kumar, Ph.D., Head Librarian Rafa Eaton and Director of Athletics Jeff Hutzler. 

Update Contact Information
Have you moved or changed your email? Please use the Update Contact Information Form to make sure we have the most current information.

Upper School Important Key Dates

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 
Tuition Due
Please contact the Business Office at 858-453-3440 x124 or waguirre@ljcds.org with any questions.

June, 2023 
Summer Programs Begin
Click here for more information and to register.

July 2023
Online Registration Available

Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Online Registration Due

Tuesday, August 22, 2023
Grade 9 New Student Orientation
Grade 10 & 11 - free (no orientations)
Grade 12 Senior retreat

Wednesday, August 23, 2023
First Day of School

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