Lower School

Grades 1-4

A Unique Lower School

The Lower School's broad-based program places equal importance on its rigorous curriculum and dynamic character education—laying the foundation for our students’ future academic success, personal growth and global responsibilities. Student contribution, faculty collaboration and parent involvement equally help build a strong sense of community in the Lower School.

A Distinct Approach

La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS)'s distinct approach develops the scholar, artist and athlete of character in all our students through a balanced program:


  • Core curriculum extends standard learning to include world languages, technology, advanced science, social/global studies.
  • Formal character education program
  • Individualized instruction


  • Weekly art lessons include various media
  • Music opportunities include orchestra, string and vocal lessons and music appreciation
  • Rotating "Artist In Residence" specializes in dance, drama, storytelling or music


  • Junior varsity and varsity coaches teach daily physical education
  • Tennis lessons available
  • All grade levels use  state-of-the-art gymnasium

An Enriching Environment

Students learn in a warm, spirited and caring community. Teachers work together with parents and students. Grades 1–4 provide students with choices and encourage risk-taking opportunities in a safe, nurturing setting. Students benefit from:
  • Individual classroom libraries and a dedicated Lower School library
  • World language, technology and science labs
  • Access to Country Day's state-of-the-art gymnasium and tennis courts