Mission & Core Values

La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) prepares individuals for a lifetime of intellectual exploration, personal growth and social responsibility. Our history of success in fulfilling this mission grows from a college-preparatory program that is founded on several core values:

  • We believe that students grow in character and become independent thinkers through a balance of scholarly enterprise and active participation in athletics and the arts.
  • Talented, dedicated and passionate teachers who hold high expectations for all and find fulfillment in their work are the greatest mentors for our students in and outside the classroom.    
  • Our students succeed in college and beyond because they have been taught to strive for excellence, value hard work, think critically, collaborate productively, express themselves thoughtfully, step outside their comfort zone and overcome the challenges.
  • We cherish the variety of perspectives, personalities and passions our students bring; this diversity makes the school a community where each can learn from all.
  • We are privileged to be educating the next generation of leaders for our community, our city and our nation; and we know that their success depends upon their integrity; capacity for managing complexity; adaptability and perseverance; and confidence in embarking upon ambitious undertakings.
  • The interconnectedness of countries and cultures and the profound impact of our collective actions on the world around us highlight the importance of instilling a sense of global awareness, social responsibility and environmental stewardship.         
  • We live by the vision put forth by Louise Balmer when she founded the school in 1926 of an institution that is neither hidebound by tradition nor distracted by ideological faddism. Instead, LJCDS embraces change and innovation in the service of fulfilling our commitment to our students.

Commitment to Character

Character education is considered equally as important as academics, and our teachers use every opportunity to maximize teachable moments to address tone of voice, body language and appropriate use of words so that students learn to communicate effectively and respectfully with one another. Actions reflecting good character are recognized and celebrated throughout the school year. 

As we prepare LJCDS students for a lifetime of personal growth, social responsibility and intellectual exploration, we regard the development of good character to be as important as the development of one’s academic, athletic or artistic ability. The moral and ethical tone of the school is maintained by a commitment to the Six Pillars of Character:

I. Trustworthiness

Keep promises and tell the truth. Never present another’s work as your own. Be a loyal friend.

II. Respect

Recognize that we all have different backgrounds, abilities and attributes. Respect differences in others. Help to create an environment of encouragement and support within the school community. Listen with consideration to the opinions and ideas of others in the community, even when they are different from your own.

III. Responsibility

Strive to reach our potential in all areas including: academics, co-curricular activities and citizenship. Adhere to the standards of La Jolla Country Day School at all times. Be a positive, honorable representative of La Jolla Country Day School in all endeavors. Be punctual and prepared. Meet deadlines and take pride in your work.  

IV. Caring

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” –Aristotle

Be compassionate. Demonstrate consideration and concern for others.

V. Fairness

Respect the basic rules that enable our community to function smoothly. Understand that there are fair consequences for infractions of these rules.

VI. Citizenship

Foster a deep understanding and appreciation of our connections with one another and those beyond our borders, as well as of our obligation and responsibility to serve and lead inherent in these bonds.  
Non-discrimination Statement and Policy: La Jolla Country Day School admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students. Consistent with its obligations under the law, La Jolla Country Day School prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in the administration of the School's programs and activities.