Campus Life

After-School Programs

After-School Programs

La Jolla Country Day School offers a range of fee-based enrichment courses for current students through the After-School Program. Program offerings are seasonal and all classes are subject to change. 

Lower School Programs

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  • Homework Club (Grades 1–4) - starts Monday, September 11, 2017

    Led and supervised by Ms. Bennet, this program is designed to provide students with a structured, consistent framework for completing homework assignments and practicing organizational skills while in the school setting. Students will be asked to come to each session with assignments to complete, a book to read for weekly minutes and be prepared to work for the entire duration of Homework Club. A high energy, healthy snack will be provided. Students can enroll in either Mondays, Tuesdays or may enroll in both days.

    **UPDATE**
    THE MONDAY SESSION IS NOW FULL BUT THERE IS ROOM IN THE TUESDAY SESSION.

    Dates: 
    Session 1: Mondays, September 11-December 11, 2017
    Session 2: Tuesdays, September 12-December 12, 2017
    Grades: 1–4
    Instructor: Lisa Bennet 
    Location: LS16
    Time: 3:00–4:30 p.m.
    Cost: Mondays: $275// Tuesdays: $325 (Tuesday session has two dates more than the Monday session.)
  • Little Torreys Softball (Grades 1-6) - Starts Monday, September 11, 2017

    Varsity Softball Head Coach Erin Embrey will offer an after-school softball camp this fall. We have a hands-on approach to teaching the game and provide players of all ages and skill levels an opportunity to receive quality instruction in a fun softball environment. You will have the opportunity to work with Coach Embrey and current LJCDS softball student-athletes. The program will include sessions to emphasize individual skills, fundamentals of each position and team concepts. Our goal is to provide personalized instruction along with motivating each player to improve his/her skills and knowledge of the game. The camp targets players of all skill levels. Skill areas include hitting, fielding, throwing, base running, bunting, position play and game strategy. We invite you to attend and see what all the excitement is about. Students should bring their own glove. We have some available but it would be best to come with a glove that fits your hand. The gloves we have are larger and can be difficult to maneuver. 

    Dates:  Mondays, September 11-December 11, 2017
    Grades: 1–6
    Instructor: Coach Embry
    Location: Softball Field
    Time: 3–4 p.m.
    Cost: $220
  • Lower School Spanish (Grades 1–4) - starts Monday, September 11, 2017

    Through text and activities, we will work on building vocabulary as well as writing and speaking skills. The classes will be taught in Spanish, so it is important that your child can understand conversational Spanish.  

    Dates:  Mondays, September 11-December 11, 2017
    Grades: 1–4
    Instructor: Ms.Bueno
    Location: LS 6
    Time: 3–4 p.m.
    Cost: $220
  • Little Torreys Cheer (Grades K-4) - starts Monday, September 11, 2017

    Little Torrey Cheer participants join JV and Varsity Cheerleaders to learn the basics of cheerleading and create their own halftime routine for Homecoming. Little Torrey Cheerleaders will perform at the Homecoming Pep Rally and at halftime of the Homecoming game on Friday, October 20. All participants will receive a Little Torrey cheer outfit, poms and bows.

    Dates: Mondays, September 11-October 16, 2017 (Homecoming performance October 20th at halftime)
    Grade: Grade K-4
    Instructor: Coaches Ellison & Dinwiddie
    Location: MS Dance Room
    Time: 3:00-4:30PM
    Cost: $175
  • Lower School Mandarin (Grades K-4) - starts Monday, October 30, 2017

    Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world after English and is becoming increasingly important internationally. At LJCDS, we recognize that languages are best learned from an early age. That is why we are excited to again offer a Chinese after-school program for Kindergarten through Grade 4 students. The focus of the class is on conversational Chinese and hands-on cultural activities. It is meant to provide a strong foundation for continued studies in higher grades.

    Dates: Mondays, October 30-December 11
    Grades: K-4
    Instructor: Ms. Danning Mei
    Location: Kindergarten Room 4
    Time: 3:00-4:00PM
    Cost: $120/session
  • Little Torreys Flag Football (Grades K-6) - starts Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    Each Little Torrey Football Player will experience 60 minutes of football fundamentals and scrimmages alongside their friends from school. They will also have the opportunity to put their skills on display and play a game in front of the Homecoming crowd on October 20! The coaching staff will combine teaching and fun to make the experience a valuable one for each participant. Please have your student bring a snack and water to each practice. 

    Dates: Tuesdays, September 12–October 17, 2017
    Grades: 1-6
    Instructor: Coaches Brunn & Spoelstra
    Location: Softball Field
    Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.
    Cost: $140
  • Robotics Club (Grade 4 only) - starts Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    La Jolla Country Day School is excited to once again offer an after school robotics club for fourth grade students. Students will choose from a variety of projects and will be encouraged to explore their own ideas as well. A showcase will be on December 5 for parents. Space is limited and spots fill up quickly.

    Dates: Tuesdays, October 24-December 12, 2017
    Grade: Grade 4 only
    Instructor: Ms. Marquardt & Ms. Flagiello
    Location: Room LS 7(LS Science Room)
    Time: 3:00-4:00PM
    Cost: $175
  • Little Torreys Boys Lacrosse (Grades 1-6), - starts Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    La Jolla Country Day School is excited to offer a boys lacrosse option for the after school program. This program is open to all skill levels. Each player will learn the fundamentals of the game and learn to play the “Torrey Way.”

    Dates: Tuesdays, October 24-December 12, 2017
    Grades: 1-6
    Coach: Deane Mellor
    Location: Softball Field
    Time: 3:00-4:15PM
    Cost: $140

    
  • Mad About Hoops (Grades 1-4) - starts Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    Have you ever seen Cirque du Soleil? Do you wish your kids would enjoy being psychically active? Then Mad About Hoops is perfect for your child! Each week students will learn new tricks, hula hoop dances moves, play hula hoop inspired games and practice proper stretching and yoga. Not only does hula hooping create healthy bodies, but is a great way of building self-confidence through creative movement. You'll be so impressed with your hooper stars at the end of the semester, you'll think they joined the circus!

    Check out the Demo Video

    Dates:
    Wednesdays, October 25-December 13, 2017
    Grades: 1-4
    Instructor:
    Ms. Victoria Everett with Mad About Hoops
    Location:
    TBD
    Times: 
    3:00-4:00PM
    Costs:
    $140/session

  • Yoga & Mindfulness for Kindergartners (Kindergarten only) - starts Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    This special yoga class is designed specifically for Kindergarteners! Children will learn fun breathing exercises and stretches to help maintain focus and mental equilibrium. Through games and creative movement, children will be introduced to yoga, mindfulness techniques and positive affirmations. And most importantly, the class will provide a weekly dose of fun and relaxation!

    Dates: Wednesdays, September 13-December 13, 2017
    Grades: Kindergarten Only
    Instructor: Kara Levy
    Location: Kindergarten Room 4
    Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.
    Cost: Session 1: $260
  • Chess (Grades 1–4) - starts Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Discover the World on 64 Squares! Chess is a game that emphasizes many developmental, social and problem-solving skills. Research studies have shown that chess can improve memory and imagination, and lead to higher verbal, reading and math scores among children. Whether you have never played before or are a seasoned player, this class is designed to accommodate participants of all skill levels. Beginners will be able to play a full game of chess by the end of the session, and students with basic knowledge will receive tailored instruction. For students who appreciate the challenge and competition the game provides, more intense instruction is provided. Instruction is provided by Life Master Martin Nilsson. A championship player in his own right, Martin possesses a unique ability to play at the highest levels of competition and teach and coach others effectively.
     
    Dates: Wednesdays, September 13-December 13, 2017 (No class December 8)
    Grades: 1–4
    Instructors: Mr. Martin Nilsson
    Location: LS12
    Time: 3–4 p.m.
    Cost: $220
  • Cello Lessons (Grades 1–12) - starts Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    All registrations must be done by contacting Ms. Bravo (cbravo@ljcds.org) and by completing a separate registration form.
    *ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS PROGRAM.

    Dates:
     Wednesdays, September 13-December 13, 2017

    Grades: 1–12
    Instructor: Bing Yan
    Location: LS 8 (LS Strings room)
    Available Times: 3:30–4 p.m.; 4–4:30 p.m.; 4:30–5 p.m.; 5–5:30 p.m.; 5:30–6 p.m.
    Cost: 
    $650 for private 30-minute lessons
    $405 for partner 30-minute lessons
    $325 for group of three students for 30-minute lessons
  • Cello Ensemble (Grades 3–6) - starts Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Bing Yan will be leading a Cello Ensemble for Lower School students who are qualified to play at the appropriate level. Repertoire will include pieces such as Bach Minuets and other Suzuki pieces from Books 1 and 2. The Cello Ensemble will perform during the Lower School strings concerts throughout the year.

    All registrations must be done by contacting Ms. Bravo (cbravo@ljcds.org) and by completing a separate registration form.
    *ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS PROGRAM.*
     
    Dates: Wednesdays, September 13-December 13, 2017
    Grades: 3–6
    Instructor: Bing Yan
    Location: LS 8 (LS Strings room)
    Time: 3–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $215
  • Mission Innovation (Grades 3-4) - Starts Thursday, September 14, 2017

    In this first session of Mission Innovation, students will compete in a quick-fire quiz competition about a variety of science topics. To prepare, students will dive deeper into science topics through research and exploration. For this program, attendance is important and students are required to attend an evening competition. The goal is to complete our work at school, but at times, students may need to continue working on projects at home or during recess times. Please have your child bring a snack for each session.

    Note: There will be two more Mission Innovation sessions offered throughout the school year. Students can participate in one, two, or three sessions of Mission Innovation. Future sessions will include other activities such as mousetrap racecars and deconstructing an object.

    Dates: Thursdays, September 14th-November 9th
    Grades: 3-4
    Instructor: Ms. Flagiello
    Location: LS Innovation Lab
    Time: 3:00-4:00PM
    Cost: $210

  • Golf Squad (Grades 1-4), - starts Thursday, October 26, 2017

    All Golf Squads are instructed by golf industry professionals. Everything essential is provided (Golf Squad Handbooks, visors, all clubs, training equipment, etc). Classes will be instructed appropriately to suit the needs of new students as well as continuing students. Building the foundation to enjoy golf for a lifetime together!

    Dates:
    Thursdays, October 26-December 14
    Grades: 1-4
    Instructor: Golf Squad Staff
    Location: Softball Field
    Time: 3:00- 4:00PM
    Cost: $220/session
  • Art Club (Grades K-4) - starts Thursday, September 14, 2017

    RESERVE YOUR SPOT now for Art Club, our new after school art enrichment on Thursdays this fall! Filled with FUN projects, we will be exploring a variety of art mediums through exciting hands-on art-making experiences: creative painting techniques, sculptures and mixed media collages. We will learn more about the work of famous artists and collaborate together to make beautiful art.

    **UPDATE**
    THE ART CLUB IS ALMOST FULL FOR THE FIRST SEMESTER SESSION.

    Dates: Thursdays, September 14-December 14, 2017
    Grades: K–4
    Instructor: Ms. Abbondanzio
    Location: VASC 12(LS Art Room)
    Time: 3:00-4:15 p.m.
    Cost: Session 1: $260
  • Learn Farsi (Grades 1-4), starts Friday, September 15, 2017

    Learn a new language through arts, crafts, food, music and other interactive activities. Open to beginner and intermediate students.

    Dates: Fridays, September 15-December 15, 2017
    Grades: 1-4
    Instructors: Ms. Forouzesh Baradaran 
    Location: LS10
    Time: 2:30-4:00 p.m.
    Cost: $275

Middle School Programs

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  • Little Torreys Softball (Grades 1-6) - Starts Monday, September 11, 2017

    Varsity Softball Head Coach Erin Embrey will offer an after-school softball camp this fall. We have a hands-on approach to teaching the game and provide players of all ages and skill levels an opportunity to receive quality instruction in a fun softball environment. You will have the opportunity to work with Coach Embrey and current LJCDS softball student-athletes. The program will include sessions to emphasize individual skills, fundamentals of each position, and team concepts. Our goal is to provide personalized instruction along with motivating each player to improve his/her skills and knowledge of the game. The camp targets players of all skill levels. Skill areas include hitting, fielding, throwing, base running, bunting, position play and game strategy. We invite you to attend and see what all the excitement is about. Students should bring their own glove. We have some available but it would be best to come with a glove that fits your hand. The gloves we have are larger and can be difficult to maneuver. 

    Dates:  Mondays, September 11-December 11, 2017
    Grades: 1–6
    Instructor: Coach Embry
    Location: Softball Field
    Time: 3–4 p.m.
    Cost: $220
  • Middle School Farsi (Grades 5-8) - Starts Monday, September 11, 2017

    Learn a new language through arts, crafts, food, music and other interactive activities. Open to beginner and intermediate students.

    Dates:
     Monday, September 11-December 11, 2017
    Grades: 5-8
    Instructor: Ms. Forouzesh Baradaran
    Location: Library Classroom
    Time: 3:30–5:00PM
    Cost: $275
  • Mission Innovation (Grades 5-6) - Starts Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    In this first session of Mission Innovation, students will compete in a quick-fire quiz competition about a variety of science topics. To prepare, students will dive deeper into science topics through research and exploration. For this program, attendance is important and students are required to attend an evening competition. The goal is to complete our work at school, but at times, students may need to continue working on projects at home or during recess times. Please have your child bring a snack for each session.

    Note: There will be two more Mission Innovation sessions offered throughout the school year. Students can participate in one, two, or three sessions of Mission Innovation. Future sessions will include other activities such as mousetrap racecars and deconstructing an object.

    Dates: Tuesdays, September 12th-November 7th
    Grades: 5-6
    Instructor: Mr. Bank
    Location: TBD
    Time: 3:15-4:15PM
    Cost: $210
  • Little Torreys Flag Football (Grades K-6), starts Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    Each Little Torrey Football Player will experience 60 minutes of football fundamentals and scrimmages alongside their friends from school. They will also have the opportunity to put their skills on display and play a game in front of the Homecoming crowd on October 20! The coaching staff will combine teaching and fun to make the experience a valuable one for each participant. Please have your student bring a snack and water to each practice. 

    Dates: Tuesdays, September 12–October 17, 2017
    Grades: 1-6
    Instructor: Coaches Brunn & Spoelstra
    Location: Softball Field
    Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.
    Cost: $140
  • Little Torreys Boys Lacrosse (Grades 1-6), - starts Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    La Jolla Country Day School is excited to offer a boys lacrosse option for the after school program. This program is open to all skill levels. Each player will learn the fundamentals of the game and learn to play the “Torrey Way.”

    Dates: Tuesdays, October 24-December 12, 2017
    Grades: 1-6
    Coach: Deane Mellor
    Location: Softball Field
    Time: 3:00-4:15PM
    Cost: $140

    
  • Cello Lessons (Grades 1–12) - starts Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    All registrations must be done by contacting Ms. Bravo (cbravo@ljcds.org) and by completing a separate registration form.
    *ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS PROGRAM.

Cross Division Programs

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  • Cello Lessons (Grades 1–12), - starts Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    All registrations must be done by contacting Ms. Bravo (cbravo@ljcds.org) and by completing a separate registration form.
    *ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS PROGRAM.

  • Upper School Startup (Grades 9-12) - starts Saturday, November 4, 2017

    Curious about entrepreneurship, but not sure where to start? This six-week course is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to explore the steps involved in launching a new business idea by following UC San Diego Rady School of Management's successful approach to commercializing innovation.

    Week 1: Essentials of entrepreneurial thinking (marketing, segmentation, break-even analysis); identifying potential ideas; setting up teams and MBA student mentors
    Week 2: Creating a marketing mix (who is the target? product? price? promotion? place? unique selling proposition?)
    Week 3: Brainstorming with peers and mentors
    Week 4: Research (understanding what users want and need)
    Week 5: Pitch prep (effective communication and presentation skills)
    Week 6: Teams pitch to a panel of experts
    Each session involves a combination of lectures and teamwork with MBA student mentors; emphasis is on both learning and doing!

    Dates: 
    **Session 1 Cancelled**
    Session 1: Saturdays, September 16th – October 28th(No class 10/21)
    Session 2: Saturday, November 4th - December 16th
    Grades: 9 - 12
    Instructor: Ms. Tina Klein, Ph.D.
    Location: TBD
    Time: 9:00-11:00AM
    Cost: $240/session