Welcome to the Middle School at La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) where we cultivate the maturation of our young scholars in Grades 5–8 in an ever-changing time in their lives. A bridge between the Lower and Upper Schools, the Middle School challenges students within a nurturing environment and provides opportunities to explore a variety of academic offerings, technology, physical education, music, art, community service and leadership roles.
It is a time to build character, seek independence and gain an understanding of self and others. These efforts are facilitated by an exceptional family of stellar teachers, supportive parents and committed students.
As a school, we place great value on preparing our students for the Upper School but also for a world beyond academia. We believe in the education of the whole child—inside and outside of the classroom—and encourage students to develop intellectually as well as into citizens of good character.
We believe in the education of the whole child—inside and outside of the classroom—and encourage students to develop intellectually as well as into citizens of good character.
All students engage in experiential learning expeditions where they explore the beauty of California’s unparalleled natural landscape, from the grandeur of the Sequoias to the serenity of the Santa Monica Mountains. Students are also challenged with various outdoor activities including camping, hiking, rock climbing, caving, kayaking, snorkeling, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
Throughout their experiences in the Middle School, our students are supported in navigating the world around them, making new and long-lasting friendships, obtaining new skills and growing as unique young men and women of character. It is both an exciting and rich time for our students and a rewarding time for us to watch them grow. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our academic, arts, athletics and student life programs. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Middle and Upper School student-athletes were recognized for their hard work this season on Friday, May 18 during the athletic awards ceremony. Coaches from tennis, lacrosse, baseball, track & field, golf, swim team, softball, volleyball, surf team and basketball programs spoke about their seasons and award-winning athletes.
On Monday, May 21, Middle Schoolers were recognized for their hard work and accomplishments throughout the year. Students were recognized for their academic excellence, service, character and personal growth. In addition to the students who were called to the stage, many were recognized for their role on the advisory council, on the Green Team, as Newbery readers and as club leaders.
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.
After a rigorous audition process that spanned several months, including submitting a variety of cooking videos from home, Evan Estrada ’23 was selected to be a contestant on the reality cooking show MasterChef Junior Season 6 hosted by award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay on FOX. Recorded at the end of 2016, the show started airing in March 2018, and Evan advanced to the top seven!
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.
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.