Founded in 1926, the school opened with four primary students and three teachers. In 1955, The Balmer School became La Jolla Country Day School. In 1964, LJCDS graduated its first class of 26 seniors. Our evolution into the school we are today, while preserving the values instilled by Louise Balmer, would not have been possible without the generosity of those who made significant contributions to the school.
SCIENTIA PACIFICA SOCIETY
Named for our school motto Scientia Pacifica meaning "peace through knowledge," which can be found centered on the school seal.
DONALD LEAVENWORTH SOCIETY
In 1957, Donald Leavenworth was named headmaster of La Jolla Country Day School. Mr. Leavenworth was an alumnus of Yale University and brought Yale’s colors, blue and white, to his new school. He was the leader responsible for the relocation of the school to our current campus.
WISTERIA COTTAGE SOCIETY
In 1942, the Balmer School moved to 780 Prospect Street, better known as Wisteria Cottage for the breathtaking purple branches planted in front. The cottage had been redesigned by famed architect Irving Gill and was owned by school parents, Ellen and Roger Revelle, who rented out the property to the school. This became the first instance of parent-driven philanthropy, an initiative the school would continue to celebrate throughout its history.