How to Apply

Upper School Applicants

Applying to the Upper School (Grades 9–11)

As a college preparatory institution, La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) strives for academic excellence. It is our goal to provide students with the necessary skills and resources to excel academically and personally at the college level and beyond. Our rigorous academic community is dedicated to fostering critical, creative and socially conscious thinkers.

Considerations for Admission

  • Strong character
  • Academic readiness or qualifications to successfully participate in and meet the academic standards of the school's ambitious college preparatory program
  • Exceptional talent in the arts and/or athletics
  • Maturity
  • Affiliation with the school - special consideration for available space is given to qualified children of faculty/staff/administration, siblings of current students, and children of alumni who fit within the range of students best served by LJCDS
  • Diversity and gender balance
  • Appropriateness of match between family and the school – including a parental commitment to establish a supportive partnership with the LJCDS community

Pre-Screen Policy (Grades 10 and 11)

LJCDS is sometimes able to accept new students into Grades 10 & 11. In order to guarantee an applicant is qualified to handle the demands of our academic program, we require a process known as a "pre-screen." A pre-screen involves submitting the following forms:
  • Completion of online inquiry form
  • A current transcript (parent copy)
  • Results from a recent standardized test
  • Any other pertinent information requested by the Office of Admission

Upper School application process

The application deadline is February 3, 2017.  

  • Please complete the online application.  
  • Once you have submitted the application, you will be directed to your checklist.  Your checklist will show you next steps, which will include forms that need to be submitted and appointments that need to be scheduled.  
  • If your checklist does not show up immediately after submitting the online application, please allow up to 24 hours for it to display on your child’s application.   
  • Register for ISEE testing:
For a practice
test click here.