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Philanthropy at LJCDS

Philanthropy plays a significant role at La Jolla Country Day School. Since our founding in 1926, we have benefited greatly from the support of parents, alumni, grandparents, board of trustees, faculty, staff and friends who continue to invest in excellence and lifelong learning. Philanthropy is the distinguishing factor between a good school and an exceptional school. LJCDS is grateful for our community and invites you to learn more about ways to become part of this tradition of giving.

History of Annual Giving Levels

As we look forward to our 100th year, we reflect on our vibrant history. Our annual giving levels, each named for a chapter of our story, honor our past.

Louise Balmer, an educator from Illinois, founded the school in 1926 in a small cottage in La Jolla. The school opened with four primary students. As its reputation grew and enrollment increased, it outgrew several locations, all in La Jolla, surrounded by Torrey pine trees. In the fall of 1942, the school moved to Wisteria Cottage, now known as the La Jolla Historical Society.

In 1955, The Balmer School became La Jolla Country Day School. At the time, the school served students in pre-kindergarten–Grade 5, and plans were made to begin adding one additional grade each year. In 1964, LJCDS graduated its first class of 26 seniors.

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.

The school moved to its current site in 1961. Today, LJCDS educates more than 1,100 Torreys, who wear their blue and white colors with pride.

1964 Society $50,000+
1926 Society $25,000-$49,999
Donald Leavenworth Society $10,000-$24,999
Torrey Pines Society  $5,000-$9,999
Louise Balmer Leadership Society $2,500-$4,999
Wisteria Cottage Society $1,000-$2,499
Heritage Society $500-$999
Blue and White Society $1-$499

Matching Gifts

Double your impact! Many companies will match or multiply their employees’ charitable donations. Type in your company's name below to see if they have a matching gift program.

Make a Difference When You Shop

AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. To make your Amazon purchases count for more, register on smile.amazon/com.

eScrip allows participating merchants to contribute a percentage of grocery loyalty cards and credit and debit card purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Register on escrip.com and automatically earn money for LJCDS.

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