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Who We Are

La Jolla Country Day School prepares individuals for a lifetime of intellectual exploration, personal growth and social responsibility.
 
We exist to inspire greatness for a better world.
 
We develop scholars, artists and athletes of character.
 
We’re committed to fostering a culture of dignity. The desire to be treated with dignity is universal. Dignity is believing that all human beings have value and are vulnerable.

In partnership with Donna Hicks, Ph.D., author of bestselling book Dignity: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict and an associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, LJCDS is committed to dignity education, weaving the practice of treating everyone on earth with dignity into the fabric of school life.
 

“When we extend dignity to others, we open ourselves to the possibility of becoming more caring, more loving and compassionate–in a word, more human.” —Donna Hicks, Ph.D.

10 Essential Elements of Dignity

  1. Acceptance of Identity—Approach people as being neither inferior nor superior to you. Give others the freedom to express their authentic selves without fear of being negatively judged. Interact without prejudice or bias, accepting the ways in which race, religion, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, and disability may be at the core of other people’s identities. Assume that others have integrity.

  2. Inclusion—Make others feel that they belong, whatever the relations—whether they are in your family, community, organization, or nation.

  3. Safety—Put people at ease at two levels: physically, so they feel safe from bodily harm, and psychologically, so they feel safe from being humiliated. Help them to feel free to speak without fear of retribution.  

  4. Acknowledgment—Give people your full attention by listening, hearing, validating, and responding to their concerns, feelings, and experiences.

  5. Recognition—Validate others for their talents, hard work, thoughtfulness, and help. Be generous with praise, and show appreciation and gratitude to others for their contributions and ideas.

  6. Fairness—Treat people justly, with equality, and in an evenhanded way according to agreed-on laws and rules. People feel that you have honored their dignity when you treat them without discrimination or injustice.

  7. Benefit of the Doubt—Treat people as trustworthy. Start with the premise that others have good motives and are acting with integrity.

  8. Understanding—Believe that what others think matters. Give them the chance to explain and express their points of view. Actively listen in order to understand them.

  9. Independence—Encourage people to act on their own behalf so that they feel in control of their lives and experience a sense of hope and possibility.

  10. Accountability—Take responsibility for your actions.  If you have violated the dignity of another person, apologize.  Make a commitment to change your hurtful behaviors.

Click here for the 10 temptations of dignity.
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.