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.
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.
La Jolla Country Day School's kindergarten is child-centered, honoring the intellectual, social and emotional life of each child.
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.
Middle Schoolers dropping tennis balls off the balcony is not a part of physical education, but rather they are calculating math problems, the vertical motion model to be exact. After attending the youcubed conference at Stanford University last year, the Middle School math department was so inspired that they immediately made shifts to the math curriculum when they returned to school. Then in the 2017–2018 academic year, they implemented a full course change.
Congratulations to all the Grades 4–6 students who were honored at the 24th annual Newbery Readers Awards Assembly on Friday, May 11. In addition to receiving an engraved trophy, students who read 75 or more Newbery titles are also honored with their names engraved on a perpetual plaque that hangs in the Lower School library. Pam Muñoz Ryan, author of the 2016 Newbery Honor book Echo, spoke to students before the awards were presented.
What is your favorite memory from when you were in elementary school? My favorite elementary school memory was when I received an “A” in math to get a dog. Math was always challenging for me, and I had begged my parents for a dog for a very long time. My dad decided to give me some incentive to work a little harder. I persevered, taking the time and putting in the effort to make sure I achieved my goal. There was no greater feeling of accomplishment than to come home, and show my dad that all my hard work had paid off. The look on his face was priceless as I could see and feel the pride he felt in my success.
We wouldn’t send children to New York City on their own, yet that is the equivalent of what we’re doing if we allow them to go on the internet without some guidance, according to a guest speaker from the San Diego Police Foundation during a presentation to parents last month. Described as self-defense classes for internet users, the SafetyNet®: Smart Cyber Choices® program was also presented to students in Grades 3–8. Both presentations included discussion on cyberbullying, online scams, video games and consent.
Congratulations to fourth graders Eliana Leff, Atlanta Bass-Sulpizio and Marly Berlin who were chosen as winners of the Friends of La Jolla/Riford Library Student Essay Contest. Applicants wrote a 250-word essay answering the question, “If all the books in the world were about to disappear but you could save one, what would it be? Why?”