Our academic program serves to prepare students for matriculation and success at our nation’s finest and most selective colleges and universities. We encourage you to visit our college counseling page to learn more or talk with our college counselors about a program that is designed to find the “best fit” school for each student.
While we’re proud of our students’ future successes in college, our mission is to prepare students for life. The student experience isn’t solely about the path to college but about the journey of education. In honoring LJCDS founder Louise Balmer’s educational philosophy, we believe in the importance of balancing traditional teaching with a progressive approach. We have extensive offerings in the core curriculum.
There is no single recipe at LJCDS because as Balmer believed, each child is unique. Our contoured learning approach serves the individual needs of a wide variety of students. The magic of discovering a scholar who has artistic gifts and throws a no-hitter inspires all of us.
To get a real feel for the beauty of an LJCDS education, please consider visiting classes, attending a play, watching a tennis match or joining us at one of the dozens of community service events throughout the year. You’ll get a better understanding of what we do by seeing who we are.
While we’re proud of our students’ future successes in college, our mission is to prepare students for life. The student experience isn’t solely about the path to college but about the journey of education.
Hats off to the 122 graduates of the class of 2018 who were honored during the 54th Commencement ceremony on Friday, June 1 in the Amphitheater. Collectively, they received more than 610 college acceptances and will embark to nearly 70 different colleges and universities, including two internationally. This year marks the 51st lifer class, and we are proud to have 21 lifers from the class of 2018. Our lifers have called LJCDS home for 13 or more years.
Graduation provides an occasion to celebrate students reaching another milestone in their journey. The journey has many goals and objectives, but ultimately, the students’ course is to develop their own identity.
Congratulations to first place winner Max Benning ’18 and honorable mention Caleb Petry ’19 in the Amy Marie Watkins Poetry Contest announced at Honors Convocation on Wednesday, May 30 in the Amphitheater.
Congratulations to Upper School History teacher Jonathan Shulman who was recently named the 2018 Educator of the Year by the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club. Mr. Shulman was recognized for his compassion and dedication to his students and his leadership roles with the Torrey Mock Trial team and the director of La Jolla Country Day School’s Center for Excellence in Citizenship.
Upper School History teacher Dan Norland recently published an op-ed piece about the U.S. Government’s treatment of prisoners in Guantánomo Bay. Mr. Norland’s essay, which is featured on Teen Vogue’s website, explains why it is so important that young people in the United States understand the significance of our military presence in Guantánomo Bay. Below is an excerpt of the piece.
Congratulations to Max Benning ’18 who recently won a runner-up prize for his entry in the News-Decoder Reporting and Writing Contest. Max submitted an excerpt from his MIT Inspire research competition paper titled “A Hot Topic: Examining the Incendiary Language of Media Coverage of California Wildfires” to News-Decoder, a nonprofit news service and global forum for millennials to learn about international affairs and engage in a borderless conversation.