College Counseling

College Counseling


Welcome to La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) College Counseling. We meet our students where they are and take them where they want to go.

We understand that the college application and admission process is an individual process of self-discovery and an experience unique to each student. For this reason, it is our central goal to work closely with our students and parents to successfully guide them through each step in the process. From the first steps of the researching process to the final stages of decision-making, our highly experienced, dedicated college counselors are committed to helping students find the right match so that they can continue to develop and thrive intellectually, socially and personally. Our athletic liaison in college counseling offers guidance for students who wish to play sports at the collegiate level.

We meet regularly with students and parents, host grade-level informational coffees, provide weekly communications, workshops and college fairs and bring upwards of 200 college admissions representatives to campus each fall. Most importantly, we get to know and work closely with every student and family. Each year, LJCDS seniors apply to and are accepted by a wide variety of schools, including highly selective colleges and universities, as well as specialized schools for those gifted in visual and performing arts. We welcome you to meet with us to discuss your child’s future.

Our Mission

The mission of La Jolla Country Day School’s college counseling program is rooted in the National Association of College Admission Counselor's code of conduct. NACAC’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice, help to guide our work with students and their parents. With that said, our college counseling process is characterized by our care and concern for the well-being of students and the vital role of their parents as we customize our approach to help identify the best fit for the student’s academic and personal needs. We have intentionally staffed and structured our program to provide support and information for both students and parents, throughout the four years of high school. We appreciate the importance of allowing students to develop their interests and passions in an authentic way. Parents desire information early enough in the process so that they understand potential outcomes more clearly.
LJCDS College Counseling professionals adhere to NACAC’s responsibility to protect students’ rights in the transition to postsecondary education, through monitoring and enforcing ethical standards and practices.​ Additionally, we are guided by the philosophy stated in “Turning the Tide: Inspiring concern for others and the common good through college admission” with the goal of assisting students with the identification of their authentic interests and passions, as they determine their post-secondary path. Working to support parents and provide information, guidance and social/emotional support throughout the college admission process is a key value of the LJCDS approach. The well-being of both students and parents is integral to our work.