Campus Life

After-School Programs

After-School Programs

La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) 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.

Below is a sample of our offerings. If you are a current LJCDS parent, please log in to the Parent Portal to sign up and for a complete list of After-School programs. 

Lower School Programs

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  • Homework Club (Grades 1–4) - starts Monday, February 27, 2017

    Led and supervised by Ms. Bennet & Ms. Fong, 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 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.

    Dates: 
    Session 1: Mondays, January 9–February 13, 2017 or
    Tuesdays, January 10-February 21, 2017
    **Mondays Session 1 is Full**
    Session 2: Mondays, February 27–May 1, 2017 or
    Tuesdays, February 27 - May 2, 2017
    Grades: 1–4
    Instructor: Lisa Bennet & Jamie Fong
    Location: LS16
    Time: 3:00–4:30 p.m.
    Cost: Mondays: Session 1: $150; Session 2: $210// Tuesdays: Session 1: $210; Session 2: $240
  • Lower School Spanish (Grades 1–4) - starts Monday, February 27, 2017

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

    Dates:
    Session 1: Mondays, January 9–February 13, 2017
    Session 2: Mondays, February 27–May 1, 2017

    Grades: 1–4
    Instructor: Ms.Bueno
    Location: LS 6
    Time: 3–4 p.m.
    Cost: Session 1: $100; Session 2: $140
  • Golf Squad (Grades 1-4) - starts Monday, February 27, 2017

    Golf Squad is a seven week program that meets once a week for an hour, 2 hours on the last day, with a golf industry professional. All class essentials are provided (Golf Squad Handbooks, training equipment, ALL golf clubs, etc.).  Each student receives Golf Squad Handbooks and Golf Squad visor to keep.  Simply show up and enjoy classes!


    Dates: Mondays, February 27–May 1, 2017
    Grade: Grade 1-4
    Instructor: Golf Squad Professional
    Location: LS Playground
    Time: 3:00-4:00PM
    Cost: $220
  • 123 Draw (Kindergarten Only) - starts Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    This series of after school classes will focus on the fundamentals of drawing. Students will draw portraits, animals, still life and landscapes. A variety of media including clay, oil pastels, tempera and water colors will be used. Lauren West is an Associate Kindergarten Teacher. She has 12 years' experience as an Art Teacher in grades K-8th. She is also a professional mural painter, caricature artist, and has been in several juried art exhibits.

    Dates: 
    Session 1: Tuesdays, January 10–February 21, 2017
    Session 2: Tuesdays, February 28–May 2, 2017
    Grades: Kindergarten Only
    Instructor: Lauren West
    Location: Kindergarten Rm. 4
    Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.
    Cost: Session 1: $140; Session 2: $160
  • Cooking (Grades 1–4) - starts Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    Each class consists of making 1 or 2 easy recipes from the country of the day, watching a slide show about the country, then eating what we make. All children receive recipes of the food we cooked that day. All children participate in the food preparation. We take into consideration food allergies and safety issues which are always of primary concern.

    Dates:
    Session 1:
    Tuesdays, January 10–February 21, 2017
    Session 2: Tuesdays, February 28–May 2, 2017
    Grades: 1-4
    Instructor: Cooking Round the World Staff
    Location: LS 7(LS Science Room)
    Time: 3:00–4:30PM
    Cost: Session 1: $210; Session 2: $240
  • Robotics Club (Grade 4 only) - starts Tuesday, February 28, 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 April 25th for parents. Space is limited and spots fill up quickly.

    Dates: Tuesdays, February 28–May 2, 2017
    Grade: Grade 4 only
    Instructor: Ms. Marquardt & Ms. Flagiello
    Location: Room LS 7(LS Science Room)
    Time: 3:00-4:00PM
    Cost: $160
  • Junior Theatre (Grades K–4) - starts Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Acting Out! This class is perfect for children just starting in theater, as well as those who may have some experience on stage. Acting technique is put into practice by using the voice, body and imagination. Students will learn to create characters and stories while having a great time in theater-based activities and games. Each session culminates with a performance. Space is limited to 15 students.

    Dates:
    Session 1: Wednesdays, January 11–February 22, 2017
    Session 2: March 1–May 3, 2017

    Grades: K–4
    Instructor: San Diego Jr. Theater Staff
    Location: LS Music Room
    Time: 3–4:30 p.m.
    Cost: Session 1: $210; Session 2: $240
  • Yoga & Mindfulness (Grades 1-4) - starts Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    This special yoga class is geared toward helping elementary children effectively cope with tests and other life stressors. Overwhelmingly, research shows that children who practice yoga-based movement are better able to regulate their emotions, manage stress and calm themselves. Children will learn breathing exercises and stretches to help maintain focus and mental equilibrium. Through games and creative activities, children will be introduced to mindfulness techniques and positive affirmations to boost confidence. And most importantly, the class will provide a weekly dose of fun and relaxation!

    Dates:
     
    Session 1: Wednesdays, January 11–February 22, 2017
    Session 2: Wednesdays, March 1–May 3, 2017
    Grades: 1–4
    Instructor: Kara Levy
    Location: Kindergarten Room 4
    Time: 3:00–4:00 p.m.
    Cost: Session 1: $140; Session 2: $160
  • Chess (Grades 1–4) - starts Wednesday, March 1, 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:
    Session 1: Wednesdays, January 11–February 22, 2017
    Session 2: Wednesdays, March 1–May 3, 2017

    Grades: 1–4
    Instructors: Mr. Martin Nilsson
    Location: LS 14
    Time: 3–4 p.m.
    Cost: Session 1: $140; Session 2: $160
  • Cello Lessons (Grades 1–12) - starts Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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

    Dates:
     Wednesdays, January 11–May 11, 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, January 11, 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 Country Day Lower School strings concerts throughout the year.
     
    Dates: Wednesdays, January 11–May 11, 2017
    Grades: 3–6
    Instructor: Bing Yan
    Location: LS 8 (LS Strings room)
    Time: 3–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: $215
  • Youth Circus (Grades K–4) - starts Thursday, March 2, 2017

    San Diego Circus Center in partnership with La Jolla Country Day School presents our SDCC after-school circus class. In this fun-filled, action-packed class, students will learn the basics of circus arts. Students will gain spatial awareness and the ability to manage their body with confidence. Circus helps build a foundation for muscle strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and posture. This exciting and enriching program is designed to nurture each student’s self-esteem and foster self-discipline, creative thinking, trust and teamwork. We provide a supportive environment that encourages students to have the confidence to try new things and to believe in their own abilities as they express their talents and have fun both on the ground and in the air.

    Dates:
    Session 1: Thursdays, January 12–February 23, 2017
    Session 2: Thursdays, March 2–May 4, 2017
    Grades: K–4
    Instructor: San Diego Circus Center Staff
    Room: Community Hall
    Time: 3–4 p.m.
    Cost: Session 1: $120; Session 2: $160
  • Lower School French (Grades K-4) - starts Friday, March 3, 2017

    Bonne Année ! Happy New Year! Start the year off en français with Madame Nelson. Students will be immersed in French through games, story-telling, dialogue, music and art, and role-playing while building language skills. Students will be exposed to the French sounds, how to recognize French and pronounce correctly. The class will have a fun cultural component and the students will learn how to navigate the Paris transportation system.


    Dates:
    Session 1: Fridays, January 13–February 24, 2017
    Session 2: Fridays, March 3–May 5, 2017

    Grades: K–4
    Instructor: Ms.K-Rae Nelson
    Location: Kindergarten Rm. 4
    Time: 2:30–3:30 p.m.
    Cost: Session 1: $120; Session 2: $120
  • Lower School Boys Lacrosse

    La Jolla Country Day School is excited to again offer a boys club lacrosse program. This program is open to players of all skill levels from grades 3-8. Each team will practice regularly, learning the fundamentals of the game and compete against other local lacrosse clubs. All practices and home games will be at LJCDS. All games will be on Saturdays or Sundays.

    Pre-Season Schedule (Grades 3-6 Only)
    Sunday, February 5th: 11:00-1:00PM
    Sunday, February 19th: 11:00-1:00PM
    Sunday, February 26th: 11:00-1:00PM

    A complete schedule can be found on the club website at www.torreyslacrosse.org
    Please follow the link below to register for Torreys Boys Lacrosse Club.
    https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/lajolla/boyslax2017

Middle School Programs

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  • Middle School Farsi - Starts Monday, February 27th, 2017

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

    Dates:
     Monday, February 27–May 15, 2017
    Grades: 5-8
    Instructor: Ms. Forouzesh Baradaran
    Location: Library Classroom
    Time: 3:30–5:00PM
    Cost: $270
  • Middle School School Chess - Starts Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

    Improve your chess skills with USCF (United States Chess Federation) Life Master Martin Nilsson, a USCF certified professional coach that has played the royal game for over 30 years and has taught for two decades. All skills are welcome, from beginners who are just starting out to the seasoned veterans with years of experience. Under Martin's guidance students will take their game to their next level, beginners will develop a stronger game, and experience players can move to tournament-level play.

    Dates: Tuesdays, February 28-May 16, 2017
    Grades: 5-8
    Instructors: Mr. Martin Nilsson
    Location: Library Classroom
    Time: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $200
  • Middle School Cooking - Starts Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

    Each class consists of making 1 or 2 easy recipes from the country of the day, watching a slide show about the country, then eating what we make. All children receive recipes of the food we cooked that day. All students participate in the food preparation. We take into consideration food allergies and safety issues which are always of primary concern.

    Dates: Wednesdays, March 1–May 17, 2017
    Grades: 5-8
    Instructor: Cooking Round the World Staff
    Location: LS 7(LS Science Room)
    Time: 3:30-5:00PM
    Cost: $300
  • Middle School Boys Club Lacrosse

    La Jolla Country Day School is excited to again offer a boys club lacrosse program. This program is open to players of all skill levels from grades 3-8. Each team will practice regularly, learning the fundamentals of the game and compete against other local lacrosse clubs. All practices and home games will be at LJCDS. All games will be on Saturdays or Sundays.

    Pre-Season Schedule (Grades 3-6 only)
    Sunday, February 5th: 11:00-1:00PM
    Sunday, February 19th: 11:00-1:00PM
    Sunday, February 26th: 11:00-1:00PM

    A complete schedule can be found on the club website at www.torreyslacrosse.org
    Please follow the link below to register for Torreys Boys Lacrosse Club.
    https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/lajolla/boyslax2017

  • Middle School Girls Club Lacrosse

    Welcome to the fourth season of the
    Middle School Torrey Girls Lacrosse Club. Lacrosse is one of the fastest
    growing sports on the West Coast and we are proud to offer this sport for the
    fourth season to 5th & 6th grade girls and for the
    third season to 7th & 8th grade girls. 7th
    & 8th grade girls will receive PE credit for participation but
    as a club sport, there is a registration fee. We welcome girls of all skill
    levels, especially with diverse sports backgrounds. We compete against
    other clubs in San Diego County, playing 8-10 games during the regular season
    with an end-of-season tournament.  Games will begin in early March with
    home games played at LJCDS. Girls need to bring their own
    sticks, goggles, and mouthpieces (NO Clear or White mouthpieces). Please follow the link below to register.  
    https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/lajolla/girlslax2017


    Important Dates & Information

    Preseason Practices:
    • January 7th: 9:00-11:00AM for 7th & 8th grades; 11:00-1:00PM for 5th & 6th grades
    • January 22nd: 10:00-12:00PM for 7th & 8th Grades; 12:00-2:00PM for 5th & 6th grades
    • February 4th: 9:00-11:00AM for 7th & 8th grades; 11:00-1:00PM for 5th & 6th grades
    • February 11th: 11:00-1:00PM for 5th & 6th grades only
    • Regular Season Practice Schedule:
    • Grades 7 & 8: Beginning February
      13th during PE 
    • Grades 5 & 6: Beginning February 14th from 3:00-5:00pm (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    • All games on weekends
    • End of Season Tournament:
      May 20th -21st

Cross Division Programs

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  • Cello Lessons (Grades 1–12)

    Must be approved by Ms. Yan or Mrs. Riedler before registering
  • Little Torrey Flag Football (Grades K–6)

    The popular Little Torrey Flag Football Program is back! Each Little Torrey Football Player will experience 90 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. The staff will combine teaching and fun to make the experience a valuable one for each Little Torrey participant. Please have your student bring a snack and water to each practice.