Lower School


Beginning the Journey

La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS)’s Kindergarten is child-centered, honoring the intellectual, social and emotional life of each child. A rich and varied curriculum develops character and fosters a love of knowledge and each child's desire to learn. The faculty, through diverse teaching styles and interests, inspires creativity and imagination.

A Distinct Approach

Learning Environment

  • Safe, gated campus
  • Child-centered education
  • Field trips to extend learning beyond the classroom
  • Specially designed playground to meet social and motor skill needs
  • Library in each classroom


  • Individualized reading program
  • Formal character education
  • Special activities: music, library, Spanish and daily physical education
  • Multiple approaches to address diverse learning styles


  • Experienced, degreed lead and associate teachers
  • Strong faculty retention
  • Frequent collaboration and sharing of resources
  • Ongoing professional development