Academics

Lower School

Lower School

Exploration, engagement and wonder…

Every day, every hour and every encounter, we use the skills that we learned in grade school. We listen carefully, smile at others, ask questions, laugh often and are present in the moment. It was the teachers in the earliest years of our development who modeled and displayed kindness, love and humor. Those teachers laid the foundations in our lives, indelibly.

La Jolla Country Day School’s Lower School is a place where parents are often reminded of the best aspects of their childhood. Remember the caring elementary school teacher who believed in you or the one who helped you emerge out of your timid shell? Lower School is where we lay the foundation for the joy of learning, and our educators play a critical role in that process. 

The sense of exhilaration present in this age group is something that’s special. Here, children’s natural curiosity and questioning are nurtured alongside a well-balanced educational experience. LJCDS is where the best of classical and progressive education blends.

We foster each child’s socioemotional growth to lay the foundation for academic success. We believe that the academic curricula and character/dignity education are of equal importance. Students are provided with a solid foundation in language arts, math, science, social studies and world language, in addition to a breadth of opportunities, including global studies, community service learning, library skills, and design and innovation courses.

The formal character/dignity education program is woven into the heart of the experience. The ultimate goal is to develop virtuous individuals who understand their role as a community member and their impact on the world.
Children’s natural curiosity and questioning are nurtured alongside a well-balanced educational experience. LJCDS is where the best of classical and progressive education blends.

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We welcome you to visit our campus and see the difference a Lower School education at LJCDS can make for your child. Give your child the longest runway for success in Middle School, Upper School and beyond. It is a gift for a lifetime.

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We understand that each child is unique, and our promise is that we will know and love your child. Strong connections between students and teachers are vital for optimal learning. The meaningful relationships (with both teachers and peers) have great impact for years to come.  
 

Kindergarten

La Jolla Country Day School's kindergarten is child-centered, honoring the intellectual, social and emotional life of each child.

Learn about Kindergarten

Grades 1–4

The Lower School's broad-based program places equal importance on the academic curriculum and character/dignity education, which lays the foundation for our students’ future academic success, personal growth and global responsibilities. 

Learn about Grades 1–4

Faculty

The Lower School faculty are strong, diverse and talented individuals who have been drawn together for a common purpose. 

Meet our Educators

Lower School News