Giving at La Jolla Country Day School

Since its founding 90 years ago, La Jolla Country Day School has benefited from the generous support of families, friends, faculty and staff who have joined together to invest in excellence and lifelong learning. Through generous, tax-deductible contributions to the school, they have enabled the school to provide a world-class education to generations of students. LJCDS is grateful for the generosity of the community and invites you to learn about ways to become part of this tradition of giving.

LJCDS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Giving Societies

As we celebrate our 90th year, and look forward to our 100th, we reflect on our vibrant history. In honor of our past, we have introduced new giving societies, each named for a piece of our story.

Louise Balmer, an educator from Illinois, founded our school in 1926 in a small cottage in La Jolla with four primary students. As the school’s reputation grew and enrollment increased, it outgrew several locations, all in La Jolla, surrounded by Torrey Pine trees. In the fall of 1942, the school moved to Wisteria Cottage in La Jolla.

In 1955, The Balmer School became La Jolla Country Day School. At the time, the school served students in grades PK-5, and plans were made to begin adding one additional grade each year. In 1964, LJCDS graduated its first class of 26 seniors.

In 1957, Donald Leavenworth was named headmaster of La Jolla Country Day School. Mr. Leavenworth was an alumnus of Yale University, and brought Yale’s colors, blue and white, to his new school.

The school moved to its current site in 1961. Today, LJCDS educates 1,139 Torreys, who wear their blue and white colors with pride.

Double or Triple Your Gift

Many companies offer matching gift programs to their employees. Contact your human resources office to find out whether your company has a matching gift policy and to determine if you are eligible.

Report on Giving 2015-2016

Report on Giving 2014-15